The first week of June began with a monthly jobs report that solidified a sense of an anemic economic recovery. Then a Democratic loss in Wisconsin, coupled with staggering Romney campaign fundraising figures, revealed the strength of political organization on the right.David Axlerod is the Baghdad Bob of this administration..."nothing is wrong, nobody is invading us, we're winning the war." He's going to have the unenviable task of trying to convince the world that Obama has done a good job and is worthy of re-election and Mitt Romney is completely unqualified for the job. Good luck with all that.
The week was punctuated by the most prominent voice in the party short of the president himself undercutting key Obama campaign messaging. To round out the rough patch, the president tried to turn the story lines around, but wound up delivering the kind of line that's tailor-made for his opponents to make famous.
"The private sector is doing fine," President Obama said Friday, at a press conference organized because it most certainly isn't, at least in the minds of most Americans.
The president clarified himself within hours, saying that "it's absolutely clear the economy is not doing fine." Top Obama advisers surely want the episode to go away quickly, and are eager to point out that a bad June is better than a bad October.
"I suspect much of this will be of little consequence," David Axelrod said today on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."
But this was about more than losing a few news cycles, or inspiring a few Web videos.
Taken together, the beginning of June 2012 may be remembered as a time period that shook the pillars of the Obama reelection effort. If nothing else, it's shown the 2012 landscape to be so different from 2008 as to make assumptions based on four years ago seem worthless.
Monday, June 11, 2012
And that's not just me saying that, it's ABC News:
Posted by Rick Moore on 6/11/2012