There is one aspect of this election that Republicans don't get - the unemployment "number" is meaningless. We could be told it's 2%, but there is a large group in the middle that sees the truth. I am in a lower than national unemployement state and even here I know no one who hasn't been laid off, or some who doesn't know someone who got laid off. Most of us know someone who lost a house, or their savings. Most of us see the price increases at the Grocery store, and the gas pump, so numbers put out by Washington may jin up those who follow politics, but are meaningless to many who know the true score.