Midterm Democrat candidates are being counseled by strategists to stay away from even using the word “recovery,” owing to Americans’ doubt that the economy has improved under Obama’s policies.
From the Associated Press:
So say Democratic strategists in a blunt declaration that such talk skips over “how much trouble people are in, and doesn’t convince them that policymakers really understand or are even focusing on the problems they continue to face.”
In addition, Stan Greenberg, James Carville and others wrote that in head-to-head polling tests the mere mention of the word “recovery” is trumped by a Republican assertion that the Obama administration has had six years to get the economy moving and its policies haven’t worked.
Coincidentally or not, Democrats have largely shelved the “R” word.
President Barack Obama’s only utterance of it in recent weeks was on April 8, and it was in the context of accusing Republicans of blocking progress on issues that “would help with the economic recovery and help us grow faster.”
This is even more amazing when you consider that Hillary Clinton has said Obama brought her into the State Department to handle foreign policy so that he could focus on jobs and the economy. Now that both foreign and domestic policies are in shambles, what do Democrats have left to campaign on?