How The Economy Collapsed As a Political Issue
Assuming the various surveys included are correct, the answer is fairly simple for me. Team Obama has been doing everything it can to talk about anything but the economy. The media has pretty much followed suit.
Meanwhile, Romney has given them far too many openings because he sux as a politician and Team Romney has, thus far, looked like a great reason to relegate a good many folks with their eyes on hanging out a political shingle in Washington to the hinterlands, never to be seen, or heard from, again.
They may have been good at knee-capping a fair number of Republican primary competitors, but Romney mostly kept his team in place for the general and as hesitant as I’ve been to state it so candidly – they, do indeed, suck at mounting a national campaign!
Now, I’ll go back to being a good partisan and keep blaming the media for everything. But someone – and probably more than a few people, need a good ass kicking if the dust settles around a significant GOP loss in November. Axelrod is eating their lunch.
This is one of the central mysteries of 2012: How did we stop focusing on the economy? Because if there was anything everyone — both campaigns, pundits of all stripes, journalists like us — agreed on, it was that the economy would be the central and decisive issue of the presidential election. A raft of polls seemed to support this: Surveys from ABC, NBC, CBS, Bloomberg, Reuters, and Rasmussen have all put “the economy” or some variation at the top of voters’ minds.