Sure, it’s hard to keep peddling the canard that Obama’s dreadful economy is Bush’s fault. But that won’t stop them from still trying to sell that bullshit. Following Friday’s abysmal jobs report, the talk turned to how it enables Mitt Romney to distract from ObamaCare or something. Sure, keep telling us that.
After a lousy week marked by yet another flip-flop — his Massachusetts health care plan wasn’t a tax until GOP hardliners forced him to reverse himself — Romney is finally off the defensive — and President Obama is back in the unenviable position of explaining why the sluggish economy isn’t his fault.
“We think health care will help us rally our base,” a Romney strategist told the Daily News, “but every day the narrative stays on the economy is a day we win.”
A Democratic counterpart didn’t disagree.
“When you’re explaining, you’re losing,” he glumly noted, citing a hoary electoral proverb. “It’s hard to sell that we’re in this mess because of (George W.) Bush and the Europeans — even if it’s true.”
The June numbers aren’t good, which is why Obama handlers predictably argue that not too much should be read into them. But there’s no way to spin away the sobering reality that private-sector job creation has tanked — now we’re creating jobs at just one-third the average for the first three months this year.
Worse for Obama, with only four more months’ worth of numbers before the election, it’s growing late in the election cycle for a dramatic move upwards.
Yet the numbers aren’t catastrophic; the economy is still growing, just not enough for Obama to claim bragging rights.
Eight years ago when unemployment was way lower and more jobs were created, some clown from Chicago told us how awful it was. His name? Why, Barack Obama, of course.