In politics, it's almost always helpful when expectations are lower than the belly of a snake.
Witness today's jobless numbers: the U.S. added 117,000 jobs last month, more than economists were expecting, and that pushed the unemployment rate down slightly to 9.1 percent of the labor force.
The White House spun the news positively, while trying to avoiding gloating. The Republicans said, essentially, that things still stink and it's Obama's fault.
"While the better than expected report is welcome news, the unemployment rate remains unacceptably high and faster growth is needed to replace the jobs lost in the downturn," Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, said in a statement. "Bipartisan action is needed to help the private sector and the economy grow – such as measures to extend both the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance, as well as passing the pending free trade agreements with re-employment assistance for displaced workers, the patent reform bill, and a bipartisan infrastructure bill to help put Americans back to work."