You really can’t make this shit up:
First, Plouffe suggested, Obama has an opportunity to improve his standing among independent voters — many of whom deserted the Democrats in the 2010 midterm election — by working with Republicans toward bipartisan deficit-reduction measures.
Second, Obama has managed to move toward the center without losing significant support among core Democratic voters. The president’s job approval rating among Democrats, Plouffe said, is in the 80% to 90% range in many states. (Nationally, it’s about 77%, still respectable.)
Third, demographics help the Democrats. One of the keys to Obama’s victory in 2008, Plouffe noted, was high turnout among young, black and Latino voters, all groups that heavily supported the Democrat. Next year’s electorate should include even more minority voters than last time.
Fourth, Obama is a seasoned campaigner who ran a long, tough election campaign in 2008, and he still has the team that helped him to victory in place .
First: The “bipartisan” debt deal was an absolute failure, leading to a downgrade anyway, and resulted in all kinds of economic shenanignans, including today’s 400 point drop in the Dow.
Second: The idea that Plouffe could try to spin the notion that the base is willing to eat this shit sandwich would be laughable, if it weren’t so insulting.
Third: Are you kidding me? He mentions 2008, but did he forget 2010? Hello? Also, I’m not sure how he’s going to get more Latinos to vote if he’s spending so much time and energy kicking them all out. This is just basic math.
Fourth: Dave, I hate to break it to you guys, but you & Axelrod are not Karl Rove. At least Rove understood the importance of sticking to principles, and going on the offensive. Not only that, Plouffe does not seem to understand that the most important team for Obama’s reelection is not the campaign team, it’s the economic team. As bad as Orzag, Summers and crew were, compared to the idiots who are remaining, anyone with half a brain should be scared out of their minds considering who is running economic policy at the White House.
I’ll save the best for last:
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?’”
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?”
This has got to be one of the most stunningly idiotic things I have ever read.
The election will be about more than two things, I can assure you that, and they are neither “feelings,” or “winning the future.”
It’s about jobs.
It’s about knowing one’s home won’t be taken away from them.
It’s about restoring at least the facade that our system of government is functional, or even bothers to appear to be fair.
We are sick of being ripped off by Comcast, lied to by BP, raped by Goldman Sachs, evicted by Bank of America, poisoned by Monsanto, murdered by United Health, and exploited by our own tax system, all in a vain effort to appease the Job Creators™ and the gods of “market confidence” who were going to downgrade & outsource us all anyway, regardless.
Not only that, this so-called “vision” of the future is not even their own, it was ripped off the Republicans. It’s bad enough they’re stealing ideas, but it is absolutely “fucking retarded” to steal ideas that are, at best, stupid.
Considering these people have tried to rip-off, then double down, on the Clintonian agenda, they couldn’t even steal one of the few simple, basic, and most effective things Clinton got right:
And though their economic plan has turned into a horror show, they naturally have decided to do more of it, and harder.
As for jobs?
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