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.
“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.