Democratic Party leaders twisted their own spin by offering conflicting reactions to the new jobs report.
Eager to knock the Republican administration, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer separately framed the August jobs report released Friday as a disappointment produced by GOP policies.
Here's how Pelosi spun the new report: "August's jobs report shows that Americans still aren't getting the bigger paychecks they deserve. Hard-working men and women across America are being left behind by a Republican White House and Congress that have no jobs plan and have failed to demonstrate a true commitment to working families."
Schumer tweeted, "Today's jobs report showing slower job growth and stagnant wages is disappointing."
Meanwhile, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, who served as former President Barack Obama's labor secretary, lauded the numbers as proof that the "bold policies and long-term economic investments" of the Obama administration "are still paying off."
What do Democrats actually believe? On the one hand, they want to credit Obama with successful economic policies. On the other hand, any pronouncement that the economy is doing well risks crediting their political opponents.
The mix-up is another reminder that Democrats are scrambled in the era of Trump, fumbling for a believable way to pitch their policies to working class voters. Perez wants to hold the administration in which he served up as a success, but cognizant that millions of working-class voters outside urban areas cast ballots for Donald Trump precisely because they felt forgotten under Obama, Pelosi, and Schumer are telling voters the economic glass is half empty — and it's their president's fault.
If they want to start recouping their losses in 2018, Democrats better get their story straight. Voters are going to demand it.
This piece has been corrected to reflect that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are minority leaders of their respective bodies.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.