BACKWARD PRES. OBAMA continued to look; it won’t help him crawl out of his June gloom. The length of his economic speech on Thursday seems to point to the notion that team Obama thought this would be received and billed as important, but instead it just felt like it was never going to end.
Then there’s this:
So, Governor Romney disagrees with my vision. His allies in Congress disagree with my vision. Neither of them will endorse any policy that asks the wealthiest Americans to pay even a nickel more in taxes. It’s the reason we haven’t reached a grand bargain to bring down our deficit — not with my plan, not with the Bowles-Simpson plan, not with the so-called Gang of Six plan. – Pres. Obama [speech transcript]
Beyond that priceless nugget, which has been ignored, the President looked in the wrong direction to get the voters attention. What he should be doing is hanging austerity around Mitt Romney’s neck, including the Paul Ryan budget he embraced, which was the same plan that threw Britain into a double-dip recession.
It was definitely not a reboot, reset or re-whatever moment. Campaign fog is one way to describe where Obama finds himself right now, but malaise would work to.
To give you how bad it was, not even Jonathan Alter could provide presidential cover.
““I thought this, honestly, was one of the least successful speeches I’ve seen Barack Obama give in several years,” said Newsweek editor Jonathan Alter. “It was long winded. He had a good argument to make, and at the beginning of the speech he seemed to be making it in a fairly compelling way but then he lost the thread.” – Jonathan Alter [Mediaite]
Mitt Romney is a lousy politician but he’s got the money and machine, with Pres. Obama making “the choice” of Romney more viable with every planned economic event that’s choreographed and written to impress but doesn’t.
The most dangerous thing for an incumbent, which goes double in bad economic times, is if voters start tuning you out. Pres. Obama is treading on that precipice.