Get ready for another Obama pivot to jobs and the economy

posted at 12:01 pm on June 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Give Barack Obama this much credit: the man really knows how to pivot.  Or at least he really knows how to talk about pivoting.  Ever since late 2009, the Obama administration keeps insisting that it will pivot to jobs and the economy, and every time they end up riding some hobby horse rather than trying to get anything done.  In the campaign context, they’ve tried everything they can to avoid talking about the economy, throwing up one distraction after another in an attempt to frame the election around Mitt Romney’s supposed oddities rather than Obama’s performance.

How successful have they been?  Last night, the Wall Street Journal reported that Obama is now pivoting — excuse me, “reframing” — his campaign message toward the economy:

President Barack Obama will use a campaign policy speech Thursday to contrast his preferred approach for the country’s economic future with ideas proposed by his likely Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, people familiar with the speech said.

Finally! The candidate will address the issue that most voters put at the top of their priority list, rather than gay marriage and Romney’s prep-school antics.  What new solutions will he offer?  Er …

Mr. Obama’s address in Cleveland, described by his aides as a “framing” speech, isn’t expected to include any major new proposals. While some of his political advisers had pushed for that, his economic team made clear they don’t see many fresh options, particularly when Congress hasn’t passed the bulk of a jobs bill that the president unveiled nine months ago, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Well, the Senate is controlled by his own party.  If they haven’t passed Obama’s agenda — indeed, his own team seems entirely disinterested in it, to the extent they know about it at all — maybe that’s a hint that some new thinking is required.  Instead, Obama plans to push ahead with the same, tired proposals that have received bipartisan indifference.  And most worrisome for Obama’s allies is that the administration still hasn’t come up with a Plan B:

People familiar with the speech say the White House believes those proposals still represent Mr. Obama’s best ideas for spurring the economy, and there are no alternative policies waiting in the wings.

Small wonder that Obama hasn’t wanted to discuss the economy.  He has nothing left to say.  Dana Milbank writes today of the deepening conclusion in Washington that the month shows Obama running out of gas — and so is the economy.  Obama administration officials are now trying to downplay expectations for a Recovery Summer, emphasis mine:

For the White House, it was just the latest entry in the when-it-rains-it-pours ledger. This has been one of the worst stretches of the Obama presidency. In Washington, there is a creeping sense that the bottom has fallen out and that there may be no second term. Privately, senior Obama advisers say they are no longer expecting much economic improvement before the election.

The AP asked about the president’s unfortunate private-sector-is-fine remark. The Reuters correspondent asked about the economic “head winds” from Europe. Ed Henry of Fox News Channel asked about the looming contempt-of-Congress vote against Attorney General Eric Holder. Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News asked about the Supreme Court striking down Obamacare. Norah O’Donnell of CBS News asked about calls for a special prosecutor to probe leaks. Victoria Jones of Talk Radio News asked about the stalled talks with Pakistan.

Carney sought relief by calling on TV correspondents from swing states, but the one from Wisconsin asked about the failed attempt to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the one from Nevada asked about her state’s unemployment rate, the nation’s highest.

It’s time for fresh ideas, and it’s clear that Obama doesn’t have any.

Update: James Carville’s Democracy Corps says  it has to be everything but the economy, stupid:

In a new report released by James Carville’s liberal nonprofit public opinion research group, Democracy Corps, data from focus groups shows that Barack Obama is taking the wrong approach to the campaign by focusing on economic issues.

The co-authors of the report, Carville, Stan Greenberg and Erica Seifert, claim that the Obama campaign must “move to a new narrative” in order to be successful in November. The authors use the first person plural “we” throughout the report to describe Democratic efforts.

The current campaign is focused on success in the economic recovery, but Carville’s group says the strategy is “wrong” and “will fail.” The only reason Obama is keeping up in the campaign is because voters perceive Romney as “out of touch with ordinary people.”

Even that’s a thin reed for hope:

While most of the voters in the focus groups were forceful in their complaints about Romney’s lack of connection with the working class, they seemed to agree that he would do a better job than Obama on the economy.

Time to recall Julia from the Island of Misfit Campaign Mascots?


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Is he going to be clear this time?

tom daschle concerned on June 12, 2012 at 12:03 PM

This guy keeps pivoting and he’s going to auger himself to China.

de rigueur on June 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Obama has an economic plan? Who knew?

There won’t be any ‘new’ ideas. The Socialist-in-Chief only subscribes to Socialist Truth.

He just wants MORE time and MORE money.

GarandFan on June 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Maybe he can start talking up how great Obamacare is again. After all, “it’s the eponymy, Stupid.”

Drained Brain on June 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM

libtardanddie is standing in line to clap….when told to do so.

VegasRick on June 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Goodie – maybe he can have more lines like “The Private Sector is doing fine”

gophergirl on June 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM

No way.

Next pivot will be for Obamacare after the Supremes rule.

tomg51 on June 12, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Take your dramamine for excessive pivoting spinning.

FlaMurph on June 12, 2012 at 12:10 PM

This is good advice. There is no way Obama can formulate a viable plan to save the economy.

DaveDief on June 12, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Mr. Obama’s address in Cleveland, described by his aides as a “framing” speech, isn’t expected to include any major new proposals. While some of his political advisers had pushed for that, his economic team made clear they don’t see many fresh options, particularly when Congress hasn’t passed the bulk of a jobs bill that the president unveiled nine months ago, according to people familiar with the discussions.

There you have it. His only option will be to say, “I put a jobs bill on the table nine months ago, and Republicans in Congress refuse to pass it. Why? Why are the Republicans standing in the way of the economic recovery? Because they don’t want the economy to recover until they get me out of office. They are rooting for the economy to fail, so they can win this election. Shame on them.”

Book it. It’s lies from beginning to end, but plenty of people will buy it. Is the average voter in a position to evaluate the ability of a bill that was offered nine months ago to create jobs? I thought this was going to be the heart of the Obama campaign all along. They were using this approach earlier, closer to when the bill was first presented, and it seemed to be taking a toll on the congressional Republicans’ approval numbers. I remember being a little concerned at that time, and I was relieved when they took their eye off of the that ball.

smellthecoffee on June 12, 2012 at 12:12 PM

This stuff would be funny if not so detrimental to America and the rest of the world.

Romney has so much ammo. Did we have a “Recovery Summer” in 09, 10, or 2011? I no think this summer will be any different. Maybe that’s just me.

arnold ziffel on June 12, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I think if Obamacare is oveturned at SCOTUS, Obama’s goose is cooked. He would have spent 2 years for nothing. And Romney will pound that into peoples’ heads.

lorien1973 on June 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Maybe Obamacare can supply us with birth control No Doze.

hillsoftx on June 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Obama to come up with new ideas after that distracting NBA Finals are over…

SIGH………….

Khun Joe on June 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

IMO, bho/team/d’s have waited way way too long to make any difference on jobs before the election? You can not get enough money(what bho wants) out to get enough people working? You can not get the epa to stop all the krap they are up to in states where jobs are cratering before the election? EVEN if bho says he will OK the keystone pipeline, jobs will not happen much before election?
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letget on June 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Give Barack Obama this much credit: the man really knows how to pivot.

The Tasmanian Devil has nothing on 0bama.

MidniteRambler on June 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Is he going to be clear this time?

tom daschle concerned on June 12, 2012 at 12:03 PM

…will people actually laugh in his face this time?
…he has confused himself with pivot and divot for over 3 years now.

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I think if Obamacare is oveturned at SCOTUS, Obama’s goose is cooked. He would have spent 2 years for nothing. And Romney will pound that into peoples’ heads.

lorien1973 on June 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Yep and Romney already has the groundwork to this set up.

I wish we knew when they were going to rule. The wait is killing me.

gophergirl on June 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Anybody expecting anything that benefits the American people out of the Obama “administration” is delusional.

They may be likeable, they may be celebrities, they may be brilliant and they may be clever.

What they certainly are not, is effective.

Re-elect this clown and this will be the highwater mark of our economy. We’ll be looking back in a couple of years and wishing it were 2012.

NoDonkey on June 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM

It’s the economy and WE are not stupid

gerrym51 on June 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I think if WHEN Obamacare is oveturned at SCOTUS, Obama’s goose is cooked. He would have spent 2 years for nothing. And Romney will pound that into peoples’ heads.

lorien1973 on June 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

FIFY…

Khun Joe on June 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM

He would probably be better off playing golf until November…

albill on June 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM

While most of the voters in the focus groups were forceful in their complaints about Romney’s lack of connection with the working class, they seemed to agree that he would do a better job than Obama on the economy.

This doesn’t make sense at all. I know that not every big wig out there has had to work hard, but the majority of people who succeed in life were part of the working class at one time. The “working class” stays the “working class” because they already have it in their mind that everyone is against the “working class” and they can’t get ahead because they are being held there. For someone to be able to fix the economy, wouldn’t that person need to understand the “working class”.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Is he pivoting or spinning?

pat on June 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Of course Obama has nothing new to say about fixing the economy. When he made his idiotic “the private sector is fine” comment, he went on to say we need to gives the states and local governments (tax) money to hire more teachers etc. to get the economy going. Now we find his hometown teachers union has overwhelmingly voted to strike if they don’t get a 30% pay raise. Yep, that’ll spur Chicago and Illinois’ economy! The only thing Obama understands is government and that if given the chance, HE could prove socialism works!

cartooner on June 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Three year in a roll, Obama’s SOTU “Laser Focused on Jobs Jobs Jobs”

Maybe we all will be much better off if Obama pivot AWAY from jobs and the economy.

Sir Napsalot on June 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Carville is overrated.
Ross Perot put Clinton in the White House and not James Carville.
Perot put him there and Bob Dole kept him there.
His big strategy to win reelection is to avoid the number one issue in the country and try to do political card tricks…?
Fine with me.
Good luck with that because Romney will be talking about the economy and when he gets Obama in front of a national audience he will dismantle him on his abysmal record of economic despair.

People know the truth no matter how much Carville spins it.

NeoKong on June 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

It’s time to send Biden out with a new two-word message: High Speed Rail!

Curtiss on June 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Obama only pivots one way: leftward.

We’ve been told that Obama is going to “pivot towards jobs” and is “focused like a laser beam on jobs” since 2009. The result has been the longest sustained period of high unemployment since the Great Depression.

Besides, it’s FAR too late for Barry Hussein Soetoro to do ANYTHING to bring about a perceptible improvement in the economy that will benefit him by November. He had to have it moving a year ago.

But if he wants to try….

1. Rescind by executive order ALL regulations enacted by his executive branch since he was inaugurated.
2. Lift all bans on oil exploration.
3. Approve the Keystone Pipeline.
4. Suspend all enforcement of Obamacare and sign it’s repeal.
5. Make the current tax rates permanent, set up a bi-partisan panel to explore revision of the entire tax code.
6. Cut our corporate tax rate in half.

Anyone see Obama doing ANY of that? I don’t either. Which is why we’ve been living through 3.5+ years of the Obama Depression.

wildcat72 on June 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM

FIFY…

Khun Joe on June 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Are you sure Obamacare will be overturned? The Supremes want to be “framed” as racist?

The Rogue Tomato on June 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM

If this clueless twit had supported Simpson-Bowles, he might have had a chance. Instead, he smugly proposed another stimulus to spend more on teachers, firemen, and cops – all public sector union jobs. JOBS in the private sector was supposed to be his job from Day 1! He deserves to get his a$$ handed to him on Nov 6th.

Bob in VA on June 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM

First thing.

Last thing.

Remember?

pain train on June 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I don’t care if Mr. Romney’s in touch with me or not. I don’t want to play kissy face with him, I want him to do his job and given how he managed the Olympics and Bain, it seems like he’s can. Unlike Mr Community Disorganizer.

vityas on June 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Obama: I wake up thinking about jobs.

Okay, that’s not entirely true.

I wake up thinking about my job.

And how I can keep it.

pain train on June 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Are you sure Obamacare will be overturned? The Supremes want to be “framed” as racist?

The Rogue Tomato on June 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Obamacare will be overturned. It’s a question of if it’s in whole or in part. The mandate is doomed, which makes the rest inoperable.

I see the mandate being struck down either 9-0 or 7-2 (Kagan and The Wide Latina voting for it). I see the whole thing being struck (due to lack of severability) by 5-4.

wildcat72 on June 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Is pivot the new euphemism for “throw something else at the wall to see if it sticks”?

dczombie on June 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Time to recall Julia from the Island of Misfit Campaign Mascots?

I hear she’s quite fluent in “Austrian”

Tim_CA on June 12, 2012 at 12:24 PM

He puts his left foot in, he takes his left foot out then he shakes it all about. The Obama Hokey Pokey is all he’s has.

Windsweeping on June 12, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Barry can pirouette all he wants: it is too late for him when even an Obama loyalist like Dana Milbank at the American Pravda Washington Post quotes “senior advisers” in the Obama White House who “are no longer expecting much economic improvement before the election”: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/car-wreck-at-the-white-house/2012/06/11/gJQAl8MpVV_print.html

MidniteRambler on June 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Jobs and the economy is what Obama thinks about from the moment he gets up to each tee box, to each fairway, to each green and even from the sand traps.

Curtiss on June 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Obama said he would pivot to jobs right after ObamaCare passed in March 2010. Must be a slow pivot if it took 27 months!

About as long as Dingy Harry’s nap after Obozo submitted his budget to Congress.

Steve Z on June 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM

The much heralded pivot is never not a 360 single spin back to Bush (or Bush surrogate i.e. Mitt) bashing, liberal candy (red meat too substantive a term) like equal rights for fair carneys for the base, a grandiose-but-no-details plan laced with some pretty icing like… infrastructure reformation , and ba dum bum bum bum (that’s a drum roll)….a special presser in front of oh, say a kite manufacturing plant in a swing state that received stimulus $ but in reality is teetering on the edge of insolvency or bankruptcy.

And that, my friends, is a pivot in the age of Obama.

LetsBfrank on June 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

..Framing Speech? As in The Pantload framing anyone else with responsibility for the economy except himself?

Naw, mate, it’s gonna be My Dog Ate My Homework I II III IV V VII VIII, etc.

The War Planner on June 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

data from focus groups shows that Barack Obama is taking the wrong approach to the campaign by focusing on economic issues.

And they paid those people how much to figure out the economy is a loser issue for Bambi?

BacaDog on June 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Who knew Unicorn turds would smell this bad?

TarheelBen on June 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I don’t see how Obama can pivot to work on the economy. He’s so busy doing stuff.

The Rogue Tomato on June 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Naw, mate, it’s gonna be My Dog Ate My Homework I II III IV V VII VIII, etc.

The War Planner on June 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

And then Barry Soetoro ate the dog…

wildcat72 on June 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM

KROFT: Why you? I mean, why do you think you would be a good president?

OBAMA: Well, I was going to get to that.

KROFT: Go ahead.

OBAMA: You know, I’m a, I’m a practical person. One of the things I’m good at is getting people in a room with a bunch of different ideas who sometimes violently disagree with each other and finding common ground and a sense of common direction. And that’s the kind of approach that I think prevents you from making some of the enormous mistakes that we’ve seen over the last eight years.

J_Crater on June 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

President Obama is going to focus like a laser dim bulb on the economy between now and November…

PatriotRider on June 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Carville is overrated.
Ross Perot put Clinton in the White House and not James Carville.
Perot put him there and Bob Dole kept him there.
His big strategy to win reelection is to avoid the number one issue in the country and try to do political card tricks…?
Fine with me.
Good luck with that because Romney will be talking about the economy and when he gets Obama in front of a national audience he will dismantle him on his abysmal record of economic despair.

People know the truth no matter how much Carville spins it.

NeoKong on June 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Yep.

RockyJ. on June 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Ed, this administration has either talked about pivoting to jobs or they’ve said that the economy “has turned the corner.”

Isn’t it true that, if you’re constantly pivoting or turning corners, you’re just constantly going in circles?

LFRGary on June 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Last time he stepped out to discuss the economy it didn’t go over so well did it? Yes, keep talking Barack, you’re making it too easy for us.

vcferlita on June 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

A post on my blog with a long list of Obama’s pivots to jobs and the economy:

Awesomely Awesome News! Awesomely Awesome Obama Plans An Awesomely Awesome “Pivot” To Awesomely Awesome Jobs For The Awesomely Awesome 15th Time!

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2011/08/awesomely-awesome-news-obama-plans.html

M2RB: Spose

It’s dated 4 August 2011.

*eyeroll*

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM

People familiar with the speech say the White House believes those proposals still represent Mr. Obama’s best ideas for spurring the economy, and there are no alternative policies waiting in the wings.

unstinkingbelievable and folks still want this guy for another 4 years…seriously????

cmsinaz on June 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Even the President should know when you pick up your pivot foot that is travelling; other team gets the ball.

reddevil on June 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM

let me be clear

SSDD

cmsinaz on June 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Small wonder that Obama hasn’t wanted to discuss the economy. He has nothing left to say.

Translation: The Grifter-In-Chief has run out of scams.

“A confidence trick is an attempt to defraud a person or group by gaining their confidence. A confidence artist is an individual operating alone or in concert with others who exploits characteristics of the human psyche such as dishonesty and honesty, vanity, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, naivety and greed.”

MichaelGabriel on June 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

His pivots all make divots.

tomg51 on June 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

It’s dated 4 August 2011.

*eyeroll*

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM

..talk about awesomely awesome, this is a marvelous resource. Thanks for reminding us, ma’am!

The War Planner on June 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Pivoting? Again? Bwhahahhahahaha.

This clown is Dead. In. The. Water.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

his economic team made clear they don’t see many fresh options,

In Washington, there is a creeping sense that the bottom has fallen out and that there may be no second term. Privately, senior Obama advisers say they are no longer expecting much economic improvement before the election. …

Pirouette as he will, no amount of ballet will fix the mess he and his accomplices have created. As they see his campaign crumble what will the dems do?

dogsoldier on June 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Total number of votes in favor of Obama budget requests (combined term of office):

3

BobMbx on June 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Pivots? Øbama knows more about divots.

Odysseus on June 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

His party’s senators aren’t interested in his jobs bill? That’s a shame–I hope they at least show up to vote “present.”

Mr. Prodigy on June 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

I think if Obamacare is oveturned at SCOTUS, Obama’s goose is cooked. He would have spent 2 years for nothing. And Romney will pound that into peoples’ heads.

lorien1973 on June 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I suspect the SC is going to split the baby. Overturn the mandate but allow the rest. That is a net plus for Obama and re-enrgizes his base as it is one step closer to bankrupting insurance companies and moving towards single pay.

a capella on June 12, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Mr. Obama’s address in Cleveland, described by his aides as a “framing” speech

When are his speeches not described as “framing”?

I think zero fancies himself a modern “Framer” … sorta like the fifth Beatle or something.

Lost in Jersey on June 12, 2012 at 1:05 PM

“Whirl whirl twist and twirl, promenade with your own little girl!”

Where’d Barry learn to Square Dance? Indonesia?

NoDonkey on June 12, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Brilliant. Attack your opponent for being “out of touch” while avoiding the most important issue on peoples minds like the plague.

That will not make your campaign look “out of touch” at all. Even if it does, Romney’s campaign will never bother to point that out, or highlight your lack of credibility in that area.

sublibertate on June 12, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Cleveland, along with Cincinnati, is Obama’s Ohio base, so here you have Obama still trying to sure up his base in a pivotal swing state. He isn’t trying to get new voters by appearing in Cleveland…he’s trying to sure up and motivate his base and spending campaign money to do it. That’s pretty bad.

OxyCon on June 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

“Let me be perfectly clear, My administration will not sleep, until tonight and will not play golf until Saturday!”

xdwall on June 12, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Brilliant. Attack your opponent for being “out of touch” while avoiding the most important issue on peoples minds like the plague.

That will not make your campaign look “out of touch” at all. Even if it does, Romney’s campaign will never bother to point that out, or highlight your lack of credibility in that area.

sublibertate on June 12, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Have you been asleep for the past 9 days?

Flora Duh on June 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Framing is right – as in we got framed by Zero.

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/american-dream-shrinks-avg-net-worth-falls-40-160150749.html

Philly on June 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Have you been asleep for the past 9 days?

Flora Duh on June 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM

I guess I should have included the “/sarcasm”.

sublibertate on June 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

sublibertate on June 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Oh, ok.

Flora Duh on June 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Of course Obama has nothing new to say about fixing the economy. When he made his idiotic “the private sector is fine” comment, he went on to say we need to gives the states and local governments (tax) money to hire more teachers etc. to get the economy going. Now we find his hometown teachers union has overwhelmingly voted to strike if they don’t get a 30% pay raise. Yep, that’ll spur Chicago and Illinois’ economy! The only thing Obama understands is government and that if given the chance, HE could prove socialism works!

cartooner on June 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

This would make a great counter-punch when they say that Romney is against hiring teachers, police, and firemen. Show a dreary landscape with unemployed people with no hope for improvement. Then contrast that with the greedy unionized Chicago teachers demanding a 30% pay raise.

I’m pretty sure Mitt’s video team could score some big points from independents while hammering that theme – horrible economy, millions unemployed while greedy public unions demand outrageous wage increases (all paid for by the beat-down tax-payers).

Ogabe on June 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

..talk about awesomely awesome, this is a marvelous resource. Thanks for reminding us, ma’am!

The War Planner on June 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM

You’re awesomely awesome welcome!

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Such an eager lil’ spinner is Preezy Dervish. Round and round he pivots to jobs, yet less and less people seem to be able to get them. Must be something in the way he is communicating the pivoting, one supposes.

The important question for today- whilst lil’ choomie the golfing queen is doing all this pivoting, does she employ “jazz hands”?

GrassMudHorsey on June 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Brilliant. Attack your opponent for being “out of touch” while avoiding the most important issue on peoples minds like the plague.

sublibertate on June 12, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Even though that poll you link is out of the UK and is web-based (it also oversampled Democrats) its results are remarkably similar to the polling coming out of the United States.

Which means that if the polls were done honestly, O’bama would be shown to be in even worse trouble than the Democrat Media is reporting.

Del Dolemonte on June 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Obama plans to push ahead with the same, tired proposals that have received bipartisan indifference. And most worrisome for Obama’s allies is that the administration still hasn’t come up with a Plan B:

How is this reframing his message? It’s the same tired stale combination of class warfare, sops to the union thugacracy, radical socialism, and crony capitalism disguised as a “balanced approach to energy.” We probably have heard this particular speech countless times already and could start up a drinking game with the same old phrases.

Obama’s Plan A isn’t even supported by his party. He has no Plan B as he returns to the same old rhetoric. Good thing that the private sector is booming!

Happy Nomad on June 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I suspect the SC is going to split the baby. Overturn the mandate but allow the rest. That is a net plus for Obama and re-enrgizes his base as it is one step closer to bankrupting insurance companies and moving towards single pay.

a capella on June 12, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Well then, you’d be wrong. Even the flying monkeys employed by Obama admit that without the mandate the bill is unworkable. It is the funding mechanism (more accurately the wealth redistribution mechanism) that drives Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on June 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Obama pivots to jobs all right. He pivots 360 degrees. If we could only harness the power of Obama pivoting we could stop importing oil from the Middle East.

Fred 2 on June 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Happy Nomad on June 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Of course it’s unworkable. How the rest of it gets funded is not the SC’s worry. Forcing insurance companies to insure pre-existing conditions? You think the public doesn’t love that part? You think the public really cares about the bottom line of insurance companies? Unless the whole thing is overturned, this is a net gain for the libs long term goal, which is single pay.

a capella on June 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Spendthrifts On The Potomac

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/spendthrifts-on-potomac.html

M2RB: AC/DC live, Buenos Aires

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

“…and the one from Nevada asked about her state’s unemployment rate, the nation’s highest”.

Does that mean that when public sector employees lose their job, they all flock to Nevada?

Hey, isn’t prostitution legal in Nevada?

JoeHanson on June 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Of course there won’t be anything new…he has nothing to offer. He’ll just remind us all it’s really Dubya’s fault and that, oh yeah, Romney’s rich or whatever.

changer1701 on June 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

You know what? After three years of hearing the jug-eared Kenyan whine about what he inherited, I would love for some reporter to ask him what kind of an inheritance he has left for his successor and the future generations of Americans saddled with crushing debt so he could pay off the UAW, his bundlers and other allies.

Happy Nomad on June 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Maybe he can start talking up how great Obamacare is again. After all, “It’s the eponymy, stupid.”

Drained Brain on June 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Oh Drained Brain you’re my word-play hero for 2012. Well done!

Fafhrd on June 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Man , I know O got this under control, Thursday, another bombasic O speech. That’ll fix it. When has he ever let us down?

StevC on June 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM

You have to wonder how wise this is for Team Obama. The Romney campaign has shown itself yo be extremely responsive and I’d bet we see a Romney video before Obama even gets on Scare Force 1.

It’s amazing that a campaign that managed to get their candidate elected on a platform if hope and change can now be so incompetent and ineffective.

William Teach on June 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Just what we need, another speech from our President to fix the economy…give me a break!

playsalieri on June 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM