The politics of the ongoing economic recovery are almost as complicated
as the recovery itself. Both parties know that the economy will play a
central role in the upcoming November elections. We've recently observed
good economic signs
and bad economic signs
, but are
Democrats succeeding in the political battle? White House senior adviser
David Axelrod appeared
on ABC's This Week on Sunday to
make the case that the White House is in control and has a plan for
greater recovery. Are his administration's positions the right ones to
ride economy recovery to midterm success?
- Wrongly 'Pulling
Punches' The New York Times' Paul Krugman writes, "I have
no idea what they’re thinking. It would be one thing if polls suggested a
tolerable outcome in November, so that playing it safe could possibly
make sense as a political strategy. But that’s not the way it is; and
it’s hard to see what possible motivation there is for pulling punches.
Going for your opponent’s capillaries when you yourself are bleeding
- Pursue Unpopular Policies That Help the Economy The Washington
Post's Ezra Klein makes the case that the White House should
focus on improving the economy even if it means taking unpopular
policies. "We think of campaigns in terms of people, but they're often
circumstances," primarily the economy. "Should the White House focus on
polls or paychecks? The answers were unequivocal."
- Wrong to
'Back Off' More Stimulus Liberal blogger Duncan "Atrios" Black
is "confused" about why the White House is taking the second option.
"So let's say Obama's people have correctly deduced that there's no
chance in hell of getting anything through Congress. They have two basic
options. First, they could get on the teevee every day and say, 'This
is my plan to help. Republicans in Congress won't pass it.' They could
hold rallies in Maine. Allies could run ads. At least people would know
who is for and who is against...and just what it was that people are for
or against. Option two is back off proposals you've previously made and
have Axelrod get on the teevee and say, 'there is some argument for
additional spending in the short-run to continue to generate economic
- Dems Should Pick a Losing Fight on More Stimulus
The Washington Monthly's Steve Benen urges, "Yes, Republicans will block any measure intended to improve the
economy, and it's largely too late for a new stimulus effort to boost
the economy before November. But it's still worth having the fight --
force the GOP to stand in the way of job creation, and show the public
that Democrats are prepared to fight to improve on an unsatisfactory
- Is Obama Focusing on 2012? Liberal blogger Digby is exasperated. "I'm
inclined to think the White House believes they've already lost the
congress so they are cutting their losses and looking ahead two years.
And that means they would very much like to take a sharp turn to the
right, particularly with talk of deficits and spending, in anticipation
of the predictable Village narrative that they lost because they were
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