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September 11th, 2012
This piece was originally featured in Politico.
It’s time for the Great Showdown between the Old and New Americas. The Old America met in Tampa. The New America met in Charlotte.
What the country wants to know is: Which America can manage the economy better? The answer is not clear. That’s why this election is so close. The Old America got us into this mess. The New America can’t seem to get us out of it.
The Old America’s rallying cry at the Republican National Convention: “Restore Our Future.” Take us back to the days when America was rich, great and powerful, the undisputed leader of the world. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney declared, “You might have asked yourself if these last years are really the America we want, the America won for us by the greatest generation.” Read the rest of this entry »
August 13th, 2012
This piece was originally posted on Politico.
Can Republicans sell austerity? That’s the message Mitt Romney is sending by naming Paul Ryan as his running mate.
The Ryan move signals a major redefinition of the Romney campaign. It’s no longer about creating jobs and turning around the economy. It’s about fiscal discipline and turning around the budget. That’s Ryan’s calling. He is, after all, chairman of the House Budget Committee. Read the rest of this entry »
July 11th, 2012
This piece was originally posted on The Huffington Post.
The economy is stalled. So is the campaign. Nothing much has changed since it became clear in February that Mitt Romney would be the Republican nominee.
Some 65 non-partisan national polls have been taken since early February. Average the poll results every two weeks and what happens? Nothing. Obama’s lead has bounced around from one point to six. No trend.
What about all those dramatic twists and turns so breathlessly covered by cable news? The showdown over contraception. The Romney campaign’s “Etch-a-Sketch” moment. The impact? Nothing changed.
What about the disappointing jobs numbers? The Washington Post reported that “in the wake of the May jobs report, President Obama’s economic job approval rating hardly moved at all and neither did his support in a contest with Romney.” The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold health care reform? CNN’s poll at the end of May showed Obama 49, Romney 46. And CNN’s poll at the end of June following the health care decision? Obama 49, Romney 46. Read the rest of this entry »