Moreover, if he wants to know how to talk about an improving economy under an unpopular president, there are several thousand hours of remarks from Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama he can crib from. He could say something like “Sure, the headlines are better, but if you go around this country and ask people if they feel like there’s a recovery, their answer is no.” Or he could say, “It’s not a recovery until the millions of people who’ve been chased out of the workforce entirely feel like it’s even worth looking again.” Or, “It’s not a recovery for the millions of people underwater on their mortgages.” Or, “Hey look, I’m a numbers guy. And I won’t lie that there are some improving numbers out there, but those numbers aren’t people and if you ask people what they think of the economy, if you ask them ‘Are you better off than you were 4 years ago’ the answer is a loud ‘No!’”
I’m no political consultant, but it seems to me that these are the sorts of no-brainer responses that come naturally to natural politicians. Mitt Romney is not a natural politician. If duking it out with Gingrich for another month makes him a better politician, then even if you don’t want Gingrich to be the nominee you should probably vote for Gingrich.