The January unemployment report lands with a soft thud, showing a mild worsening of the permanently dreary job market. Factor in all the adjustments to previous months, and you've got an unemployment flatline stretching back for months, which is consistent with an adjusted GDP that shows virtually no real private-sector growth.
To call any of this a "recovery" is risible, but we live in a risible nation now. The January job report was covered with cobwebs the moment it rolled off the printer. The mind reels at the coverage we'd be seeing if this was the first report of President McCain's second term, following years of workforce decline and economic paralysis. Not that he would have survived a re-election campaign in which he tried to blame everything on headwinds, tsunamis, and his predecessor. Try to imagine how successful he would have been at changing the subject away from his record with the silly trivial distractions that worked so well for Obama, only to be utterly forgotten by everyone except right-wing smart-alecks just two months later.