We’re Doomed

I don’t know if this is spin, wishful thinking or just plain stupidity, but any way you slice it, it’s just plain wrong:

President Obama’s senior political adviser David Plouffe said Wednesday that people won’t vote in 2012 based on the unemployment rate.

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“The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers,” Plouffe said, according to Bloomberg. “People won’t vote based on the unemployment rate, they’re going to vote based on: ‘How do I feel about my own situation? Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?’”

God I miss those days when Democrats were the party of “it’s the economy, stupid.” Some folks have worried that we’ve reached a place in our politics where unemployment of 7% and higher is “the new normal.” All of this talk about deficits has had diddly to do with jobs, and now with Plouffe spouting this nonsense it appears those folks may be right.

The very last thing President Obama and the Democrats need to be projecting right now is that they don’t care about jobs.

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4 responses to “We’re Doomed

  1. “People won’t vote based on the unemployment rate, they’re going to vote based on: ‘How do I feel about my own situation? Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?’

    that’s actually true. people don’t vote based on the unemployment rate, in the sense of what the bureau of employment statistics’ number happens to be. but they do vote based on questions like: “why have so many of my friends and relatives lost their job in the past four years? why isn’t the president doing anything to make it better?”

  2. Translation from Pouffeish: “Democrats will vote for Obama no matter what he does because the Republicans are worse and they won’t have any other choice, so we can continue the wars, continue the Wall Street bailouts, continue persecuting whistleblowers, and cut Social Security and Medicare and still win the election. Nyah, nyah na nyah nyah!”

  3. Charles D —

    Yeah that’s basically what Kevin Drum said in his column, you know: “Democrats have nowhere to go.” Um … there’s always staying home on election day! You know, like folks did in 2010? Idiots.

    Well, let’s just hope we’re looking at a President Romney not a President Bachmann.

  4. Proud Socialist

    Break the back of the working class and destroy their spirit — thats the goal. At some point ya gotta look around and ask yourself what else makes sense of all this enrich the rich, impoverish the rest bullshit?

    I’ll find the appropriate socialist party to vote for, the more radical and unforgiving, the better. As for Obama, I don’t give a crap WHO is running against him. If Bachmann wins, so be it. If Romney wins, so be it. It won’t be on my head.

    Remember, Obama isn’t just anybody. He’s RESPONSIBLE.

    And he’s an abject failure who will be reviled in world history. If there is any.