He doesn't even comment on it. He's too busy casting himself as this century's James Carville and telling Democrats how to campaign for office.
Sales are up in August?
It is a five month high!
Goodness, why would that be?
Ladies, tell the bulk of the men what's so obvious they should all be embarrassed: BACK TO SCHOOL.
Back to school, means -- except for the extreme poor -- at least a new shirt and a new pair of pants. Higher up the lower income, it also means a new pair of shoes. And more shirts. And new underwear. And school supplies.
When you reach the middle class, it's new iPods, new laptops, new this and new that.
August is when this shopping takes place.
Many areas, to pump up this time period, offer tax holidays -- for example, a weekend when you pay no sales tax.
August is probably the busiest month in clothes and it is probably the biggest yearly shopping month except for December.
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