Sunday, June 12, 2011

Obama's Problem: A bad economy and Mitt Romney

Charles Krauthammer points out in his latest article, 'Stewardship? Or ideology?' in the Washington Post, that the landscape has changed since 2010 when it was a referendum on 'Ideology' that drove Republicans to victory. He feels that won't work in 2012, especially when trying to win in a general election and the issue will be the economy. He goes on to say:
Suddenly, the election theme has changed. The Republican line in 2010 was: He’s a leftist. Now it is: He’s a failure. The issue is shifting from ideology to stewardship.
As in 1992, it’s the economy, with everything else a distant second. The economic numbers explain why Obama’s job approval has fallen, why the bin Laden bump disappeared so quickly, and why Mitt Romney is running even with the president. Romney is the candidate least able to carry the ideological attack against Obama — Exhibit A of Obama’s hyper-liberalism is Obamacare, and Romney cannot rid himself of the similar plan he gave Massachusetts. But when it comes to being solid on economics, competent in business and highly experienced in governance, Romney is the prohibitive front-runner.
The full article is HERE.

Chris Matthews, Howard Fineman, and Susan Page discuss President Obama. Mitt Romney, the economy, and the Charles Krauthammer piece in this segment of HARDBALL:

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Ohio JOE said...

"The issue is shifting from ideology to stewardship." Yes in the private sector Stewardship is what counts, but Stewards in the public sector does create jobs. One can be a good steward, but without a Conservative-Libertarian ideology, one cannot really create long terms jobs as a government official. The best thing a government official can do is stand back and let Business leader steward the economy. This may or may be popular, but recent economic history has shown us that this is the way to create jobs.

Anonymous said...

Wow, OJ, something that we actually agree on. How nice.

I agree with you that the best the gov't can do to create jobs is to create an environment friendly to business. However, we may have to do more work to convince people in the US that this is so. Hopefully, the last 3 years have "softened" them up so they will listen to this idea. If there is one thing this Administration and Democrat Congress has been good at, it is being hostile to business--at least small businesses.

Mitt Romney does understand the importance of creating an environment where businesses can thrive.


P.S. I don't expect you to agree with the last paragraph. LOL!