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Obama’s Top Advisor: Jobs Not Key In 2012

From Bloomberg:

Unemployment Rate Won’t Hobble Re-Election, David Plouffe Says

By Julianna Goldman – Jul 7, 2011

The White House’s top political adviser, downplaying the significance of the unemployment rate in the 2012 election, said the Republican candidates are offering the same policies that caused the economic crisis and targeted one potential opponent — Mitt Romney.

“So all of them are basically just bringing out the same old war horses,” senior adviser David Plouffe said yesterday at a Bloomberg Breakfast in Washington. “Let Wall Street kind of run amok, cut taxes for the wealthy, starve investment in things like education, research and development.”

Lest we forget, Mr. Plouffe replaced David Axelrod as Obama’s ‘senior advisor.’ Before assuming that heady responsibility, he was Obama’s campaign manager in 2008. So we know all he is really concerned about is getting Mr. Obama re-elected.

Plouffe… previewed the arguments the president and his team will sound 16 months before an election that could be a referendum on Obama’s handling of the economy. While history has shown the unemployment rate to be a leading indicator of an incumbent’s success, Plouffe said Americans won’t base their votes on it.

“The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers,” Plouffe said. “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?’”

If voters are asked the question Mr. Reagan asked in 1980 — ‘are you better off now than you were four years ago?’ — then Obama will lose.

That is, unless he manages to put more than half of the country on the government payroll. Which he does seem to be trying to do.

Since World War II, no U.S. president has won re-election with a jobless rate above 6 percent, with the exception of Ronald Reagan, who faced 7.2 percent unemployment on Election Day in 1984

“Their decision next year will be based upon two things,” Plouffe said. “How do I feel about things right now and then, ultimately, campaigns are always much more about the future and who do I think has got the best idea, the best vision for where to take the country?”

Once again Mr. Plouffe has swerved into the truth. Mr. Reagan was re-elected because voters believed his tax cuts would eventually boost the economy. And they did – big time.

Mr. Obama has no such vision. He just wants to keep doing the same things that got us where we are today. He is spining the wheels of the car in the ditch, digging us in deeper.

Plouffe spent most of the breakfast with reporters discussing the ongoing negotiations over a deficit reduction plan and a vote to raise the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt ceiling. He said voters want to see lawmakers come together and reach a long-term deal to cut the nation’s deficit.

While he downplayed the effect of the national employment rate on voter behavior, Plouffe said Americans are beginning to see the consequences of state and local government budget-cuts

You see, Americans don’t like the deficit. But they don’t want any spending cuts, either. So it turns out that they want to pay more taxes. Really they do.

The 2010 midterm elections were just a bad dream.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 8th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Obama’s Top Advisor: Jobs Not Key In 2012”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Gee……with this kind of advice why doesn’t dingleBarry fire Sheriff Joe and run
    for President and Vice President at the same time.
    I mean…..what could possibly go wrong?
    Hang on to this guy Barry!
    (whistling as I skip away)

  2. Right of the People says:

    Mister Poof is just whistling past the graveyard.

    He knows unemployment is a hot button issue and is trying to slough it off into the dustbin so he can concentrate on more “Hope and Change” rhetoric that makes Barry the Bungler look good.

    Him and the rest of the Dimocraps are afraid of the truth, they’d rather live in their dreamworld of Unicorn farts and rainbows while they drive the economy and the country into the crapper.

  3. proreason says:

    Tragically, Phoo phoo might just be right.

    Voters accepted an alternate reality in 2008 and the they just might in 2012 as well.

    There is no question whatsoever that Phoo phoo is 100% correct about Obamy’s base. He could eat babies on national TV 7 nights a week and they would still vote for him, because somehow, they are still convinced that he will shower them with goodies stolen from their enemies: the people who create jobs for people who think that work is necessary to succeed in life.

    That’s 30% of the vote right there, as the polls continually and accurately tell us.

    So all the marxist has to do is somehow trick 15 to 20% of the rest of the voting public, and he will get to continue his reign of terror. And don’t forget that they define that 15 to 20% differently than we do. The way they see it, 5% can easily become 20%….without adding even a single living person.

  4. bobdog says:

    “That Obama. He gonna pay my mortgage! He gonna pay my gas!”

    – Peggy Joseph, 2010

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