It is, to say the least, a novel and interesting approach to winning a nationwide election, for Democrats. The conventional wisdom in America has long been that when the election is about the economy, Democrats are likely to win, whereas when the election is about national security, Republicans are likely to win. There’s not really a compelling reason to believe that 2016 will be much different in this respect, as Americans have indicated that they strongly disapprove of the Obama administration’s handling of terrorism.
What’s interesting, however, is that Obama and Clinton are not out having town halls to convince the American public that the economy is doing well, as compared to how it was doing in 2009. According to the most recent Quinnipiac poll, “gun policy” is the most important issue to a whopping 4% of Democrats – even after the recent full court press by Obama, Clinton, and the media. Among all voters, gun policy is rated as nearly the least important issue in all of America, regardless of whether they agree with the Democrat approach to guns or not.
Meanwhile, the economy/jobs continues its virtually uninterrupted run as the top issue for American voters, followed by foreign policy. The fascinating thing is that Democrats actually have a lot they can say with respect to the economy, in terms of talking point numbers.