WH: Why no, our latest economic ‘pivot’ won’t involve any new proposals
posted at 4:27 pm on July 22, 2013 by Guy Benson
White House officials said the three speeches will not offer new proposals or approaches, including the use of executive actions to sidestep congressional opposition. Instead, officials said, Obama will outline in broad terms his view of the economic debate ahead.
Goodie. Instead of fresh ideas that might actually accomplish something, we can expect the same warmed-over, overwrought rhetoric, the same unaffordable, dead-end ideas, and the same stagnant economy. USA Today wonders if this “new” push will fall flat, citing the diminishing returns of Obama’s bully pulpit:
In the campaign, Obama will lay out his vision directly to Americans for how Washington and the private sector can put a charge into an economy that is improving only in fits and starts. He is turning to a tool — the bully pulpit — that has largely failed him on issues such as gun control and budget cuts.
Yep, he went all-in on guns and sequester scare tactics, and whiffed on both. Incidentally, I put “new” in scare quotes because it’s only been a few months since the White House’s last pivot to focusing on jobs like a laser beam, or whatever. We’ve literally heard it all before — even MSNBC’s Chuck Todd and WaPo’s Dan Balz seem bored:
“What does he really have to say at this point? I mean is he simply trying to do it for politics? … You know what they’re acknowledging, is they have nothing new to say. Because, what are they saying, ‘Hey look back at this speech, he has said it all before!’ So he doesn’t have anything new to say.”
Care to clear any of this up, Jay Carney? No, not really:
In any case, Obama’s pivot to jobs and the econ….OMG, it’s a boy!