The administration would like you to know that the sentiment behind Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s comments, in which he celebrated of the deception which led to the passage of the health care reform law and the general “stupidity” of the American voter whom he helped to fool, is not shared by anyone in the White House. And they could maintain that fiction, too, if only folks in the administration would stop talking.
Via the Washington Free Beacon, Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer recently appeared at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast where he was asked about the results of the 2014 midterms. Pfeiffer replied by noting that the rout of Democratic candidates was, at least in part, due to President Barack Obama’s absence from the national dialogue. Pfeiffer observed that Obama could not personally motivate voters because he found it hard to “break through” the two issues that dominated the headlines the 90 days leading up to the vote: ISIS and the Ebola crisis.
Pfeiffer did not fault the press for covering those issues extensively, but he said that it also made it difficult for Democrats to get their “minimum wage and economic mobility messages out.”
He went on to add that his party should be “proud” of the current state of the economic recovery, “because the legislative efforts that contributed to it, were things that were done – almost were done entirely and almost only by Democrats, as Republicans sat on the sideline.”
He noted, however, that Democrats should understand that “People don’t feel as good about it as they should because of a decades’ long trend around wage stagnation.”
In other words, Americans should be celebrating the macro economy’s rebound, but they haven’t because of parochial concerns like those surrounding the cash in their pockets. What narrow-minded simpletons these Americans are, huh?
An October Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) found voters were generally split on the macro economy. 43 percent said that the economy is getting better while another 43 percent believed it is getting worse. However, only 24 percent of those polled said that their personal financial situation has improved since 2008.
These findings comport with a George Washington University poll from September which found similar level of personal economic dissatisfaction among Americans. “More than two-thirds of voters say their personal economic situation stagnated (35 percent) or worsened (36 percent) over the last four years,” GWU found.
So long as Pfeiffer and the White House’s allies want to deflect blame for America’s economic anxiety onto the general imbecility of the American voter, or Fox News, of whatever other convenient target they dredge up, the less likely it is that they will reverse this condition. And it is one that will haunt Obama’s party long after he leaves office.