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.
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.