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Carville, other Democratic pros feel Obama is unfocused, out-of-touch with voters

By Capitol Hill Blue
June 13, 2012

Political strategist James Carville thinks President Barack Obama is blowing his chances for re-election with a risky economic message.

James Carvllle: Obama is blowing it (AP)

Appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America,” Carville said:

I’m worried that when the White House or the campaign talks about the progress that’s being made, people take that as a signal that they think that things are fine and people don’t feel they ought to believe that.

Carville is not alone.  Democratic political pros tell Capitol Hill Blue that the President appears unfocused and out-of-touch lately and worry about whether or not he can deliver a message that will resonate with voters.

Pollsters Stan Grenberg and Erica Seifert are also sounding alarm bells.  In a memo to the Democratic National Committee, they warned that Obama’s focus on a claimed recovery doesn’t connect with voters who are out of work and losing their homes.

They wrote:

These voters are not convinced that we are headed in the right direction. They are living in a new economy — and there is no conceivable recovery in the year ahead that will change the view of the new state of the country.

They actually have a very realistic view of the long road back and the struggles of the middle class — and the current narrative about progress just misses the opportunity to connect and point forward. While we hear some optimism, this is framed mostly by the sense that this has to be rock bottom.

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6 Responses to Carville, other Democratic pros feel Obama is unfocused, out-of-touch with voters

  1. woody188

    June 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I’m going on vacation for the first time in 5 years a week from Saturday. How many vacations has Obama taken since being in office? How many did Junior take?

    From the Washington Examiner:

    Accounting for trips out of Washington for several days, the total number of vacations Washington Secrets tabulated is 16, 10 where the family was together, such as for Christmas and summer vacations, one by the president and five by the first lady. Not included were Camp David visits or trips like the first family’s New York City date night in May, 2009.

    • woody188

      June 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      I suppose you could forgive them that PR trip to Panama City to prove the Gulf was safe. So I’ll back that down to 15 since it was an official business vacation :?:

  2. Sandy Price

    June 13, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    And how many trips did Bush take to Crawford? I think these fools want to see Ronney win in November so they can find another target to throw crap on. What’s wrong with these people? The whole damn bunch of them are afraid to stand up for whatever it is they want for a fugure in America. Maybe they want to see Iran bombed so they will have some wild news to report. Maybe they like the camera work of our troops to be blown up. Life is cheap to these fools.

    I did a better job as girl scout leader than these bastards are doing for the 2012 election. Don’t they realize they need to work to replace the House and Senate in that same election? Are they brainless or just lazy? Why the hell should I get worked up when it is their jobs at stake here?

  3. tabonsell

    June 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    If American voters feel abused in this anemic recovery from the latest GOP disaster wait until Mitt Romney is in the White House and he brings back the policies of George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan (who had a miserable economic record regardless of the propaganda), Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover of tax cuts for the aristocracy and deregulation of corporations.

    There is a reason every GOP administration since WWI has trashed the economy (some several times) or made one worse (Gerald Ford) and are mainly responsible for the deficit-debt problem we now have.

  4. Lillibet Hunt

    June 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    There is one thing sure about running for President (or any office for that matter.) It doesn’t matter which party a candidate is from because there is no difference between the parties. Looking at qualifications and performance of both, it boggles the mind to consider this could be the best we can do for the position of leading the nation. Vacations are the least of the matter.

    When a legacy guy can only score gentleman C’s, or runs on the qualification of having lots and lots of money, or touts a history of teaching the Constitution they are unable to operate within, the people are supposed to think Candidate/Officeholder “X” is really, truly, honestly, no exceptions, best guy for the job.

    Poppycock.

    All that matters is which candidate gets the most air time for misleading mini-movies called campaign ads, and which candidate has best snowed the press. Focus only matters in the cinematography of the adverts, not between anyone’s ears.

    Think about it. Even Sarah Palin ended up getting a pass from far too many, and has parlayed that into a sort of not quite elder states-person, if not trend setter/campaign message crafter, campaign builder for the many considering running for several offices, so long as the message is no taxes, no taxes, no taxes.

    At this point, I’ve made myself sick. We are, again stuck with choosing the lesser of two evils, which is a choice still fraught with, you guessed it, the down side of remaining evil. To top it off, Carville could have issued his statement regarding any candidate for reelection, or any sitting president at the end of the first term since about 1965.

    Where is that airsick bag anyway???

  5. SRL

    June 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    What’s the difference. All politicians are scum, and voting is a waste of time.