Advice to campaigning Democrats: Maybe avoid mentioning the term economic “recovery”

posted at 7:01 pm on April 19, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

During his triumphant announcement this week that ObamaCare has now reached 8 million “enrollees” and that the “repeal debate is and should be over,” President Obama implored Republicans to quit rehashing the downsides of the law and instead insisted that it is “well past time to move on as a country and refocus our energy on the issues that the American people are most concerned about — and that continues to be the economy” (as if Republicans haven’t also been talking about the economy this entire time, and, you know, the many ways the law negatively affects it).

Democrats, of course, will readily heed the idea to avoid trumpeting the law and talk more about the economy — but, they should probably avoid using the actual word “recovery,” say some Democratic strategists. Via the AP:

So say Democratic strategists in a blunt declaration that such talk skips over “how much trouble people are in, and doesn’t convince them that policymakers really understand or are even focusing on the problems they continue to face.”

In addition, Stan Greenberg, James Carville and others wrote that in head-to-head polling tests the mere mention of the word “recovery” is trumped by a Republican assertion that the Obama administration has had six years to get the economy moving and its policies haven’t worked. …

In their memo for Democracy Corps and the Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, the authors propose that to boost turnout among their target groups Democrats should back an economic agenda that “puts working women first,” and says that incomes are soaring only for CEOs and the top 1 percent of the country.

“As a start, Democrats should bury any mention of the recovery. That message was tested … and it lost to the Republican message championed by Karl Rove,” they wrote.

Ah, yes. For a large part of the first five years of President Obama’s tenure, touting our supposedly stupendous economy “recovery” was a favorite go-to of his — but these days, the term just feels insincere, as I’m guessing it reminds everyone how far we haven’t come. As of one poll in January, almost three-quarters of Americans reported that they felt like the country was still in recession — so it’s probably best for Democrats to just stick to the ol’ war-on-women and economic-inequality playbook, no?


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What recovery?

rich801 on April 19, 2014 at 7:06 PM

The beatings will continue until the economy improves.

VorDaj on April 19, 2014 at 7:07 PM

something something ditch.

Murphy9 on April 19, 2014 at 7:07 PM

I don’t think “recovery” means what you think it means…

ladyingray on April 19, 2014 at 7:09 PM

What?????

Not mention the words of your God????

What gives?….

Electrongod on April 19, 2014 at 7:10 PM

I wonder why.

crankyoldlady on April 19, 2014 at 7:15 PM

So the Marxists will talk about lady parts , I guess !

burrata on April 19, 2014 at 7:18 PM

The NeverEnding “Shovel Ready” Jobs Narrative Perception/Deception
Operation Mode!!

canopfor on April 19, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Yes We CAN’T :O

burrata on April 19, 2014 at 7:25 PM

So…..

no talking about obamacare
no talking about the economy
OWS was a bust
the democrats foreign policy is in shambles
immigration is at the bottom of important issues on voters minds
gun control is dead
gay marriage scores lower than immigration
obama just punted on keystone XL so they can’t pretend they are for it and the jobs it would create

Guess all democrats have in their playbook is screaming that republicans are wacist. Then again, that’s all they ever do.

HumpBot Salvation on April 19, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Yeah, Dems, don’t talk about a ‘recovery’ that is or one that is to come. The reality has finally sunk in that as long as O is in charge, any and all machinations that can be created and maintained to keep Americans dependent on Federal largesse and the resultant killing of the economy will be the order of the day. And, obviously, the causes will be the War on Womyns and Raaaacism perpetrated by the ‘pubs and the Teabaggers…8 years of Billary, anyone?

vnvet on April 19, 2014 at 7:36 PM

The Big Three Lies have changed:

1. The recovery is in the mail

2. I promise you can keep your doctor/plan

3. I won’t…

Well, better stop there.

Kraken on April 19, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Another recycle.

slickwillie2001 on April 19, 2014 at 7:48 PM

I long for Bush’s Jobless recovery. Good times indeed when the media pretended to care.

Grunt on April 19, 2014 at 7:48 PM

If I were the republicans, I would seize this opportunity & go for amnesty.

idiots…

stvdog on April 19, 2014 at 8:27 PM

the left knows that it holds most of the cards now-a-days. The frightening prospect of losing your lifestyle and benes will motivate most D voters to the polls…and a little help from the Machine will do the magic on the final vote. Plus the D pols will fight like a dog to get back in to the good graces of their voters.

the RINO party might pick up a couple of seats…but given their performance in 12, don’t expect much. And if the RINOs are stupid enuf to do amnesty, then they will lose seats…..

i imagine that they’ll wait on amnesty for the lame duck seesion

r keller on April 19, 2014 at 8:31 PM

What????? His laser focus on the economy is legendary.

jaywemm on April 19, 2014 at 8:36 PM

America elected a Community Agitator from Illinois: One of the most dark blue, Progressive states in the union.

Not coincidentally, Illinois also ranks at the bottom of almost every “well-being” list for the 50 states. Our lower and middle-income families are hammered by these Leftists. Our Progressive governor is trying to make permanent his “temporary” 63% income tax increase of 2011.

And now Low-Info voters might be surprised that their nutjob leaders of the Dem party have nearly made the entire country a macrocosm of the failed state of Illinois?

Anyone with 2 braincells to rub together saw this coming way back in 2008.

visions on April 19, 2014 at 8:36 PM

…they’re going to talk about v@gina’s again?

KOOLAID2 on April 19, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Republicans held a majority (2+ out of 3) of the House, Senate, and Presidency from 1/3/1995 – 1/2/2007, and under that Republican majority the Employment-Population Ratio was above 62% for 144 consecutive months.

Democrats have held a majority (2+ out of 3) of the House, Senate, and Presidency from 1/3/2007 – present, and under that Democrat majority the Employment-Population Ratio has now been below 59% for 55 consecutive months.

ITguy on April 19, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Funny that you have Kay Hagan in that photo with her boy, Barack Obama.

SouthernGent on April 19, 2014 at 9:57 PM

The NeverEnding “Shovel Ready” Jobs Narrative Perception/Deception
Operation Mode!!

canopfor on April 19, 2014 at 7:21 PM

The only thing he’s used that shovel for is to bury our nation.

RIP America!

Laura in Maryland on April 19, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Food stamps for everyone.

CW on April 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM

I long for Bush’s Jobless recovery. Good times indeed when the media pretended to care.

Grunt on April 19, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Yes, but even the “jobless recovery” of Bush created more net jobs than Obama. Which is why the media no longer care.

But without Obama’s mindless throngs of brain-dead cultists worshiping their false messiah, the electorate will care.

Adjoran on April 19, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Have we ever had a recovery where the median household income drops every since year since the recession?

Chuck Schick on April 19, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Yeah, PLEASE talk about the super duper ObamaRecovery. Please!

All while the few that still have jobs, are basically getting paid the same or less than they made over 5 years ago, the cost of living increase of probably 20% the last 5 to 10 years in most places, AND people are paying $5 to $6 per gallon in gas this summer.

Yes, please go around to tall those town halls and talk about how federal workers are now making more than TWICE their private sector counter parts.

Pretty please, with sugar on top?

Meople on April 19, 2014 at 11:57 PM

NO! Run on it. Own it. Bumper sticker it all over your car (over your stickers from 08 and 12). Use every living breath you have left in your body to trumpet it from the mountain tops. Milk and honey run through the streets under the One. His policies have paved the roads in gold. His mear presence has stopped global warming. He hates the central valley, and look; the rain stopped and is killing the farmers. He has succeeded. Don’t turn from your master; rejoice from his coming to save the world from all the evils. You sleep better. Your car runs better. The grass is even greener since his eminence stood on the steps of the temple. You bow to his shadow, even in the news paper. Rise up and spread the word, oh democrat candidate. Many a year you have slung in the shadows. This is your time. Now you have your chance. Recovery, recovery (shout with me), recovery, recovery, recovery, recovery, recovery, recovery, recovery, recovery, recovery, recovery, recovery, recovery, recovery. Feel better? Good little minion. Now go. Go to the media. Tell them the recovery is here. Have the people start the festival. Today you begin the road to success.

Molonlabe2004 on April 20, 2014 at 12:13 AM

“As a start, Democrats should bury any mention of the recovery.”

You say “THE recovery” as though there actually is such a thing…

jbspry on April 20, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Advice to campaigning Democrats: Maybe avoid mentioning the term economic “recovery”

“Thank you, President Obama!”-Huffpo user quote

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 20, 2014 at 4:17 AM

And let’s not forget that food and gas prices are starting to soar while wages continue to stagnate or even decline. I liked it better when we were in “recession”.

HiJack on April 20, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Holy cow they are going to run out of things really fast and will have to resort to war on Women.

watertown on April 20, 2014 at 12:02 PM

VorDaj on April 19, 2014 at 7:07 PM

The regulations and taxation shall continue to increase until the economy improves!!

jukin3 on April 20, 2014 at 12:35 PM