For all the issues conservatives seem to have with CK, especially when it comes to Sarah Palin, Charles Krauthammer has some of the best gems on television. Last night he took on Kirsten Powers, who claims that Obama’s biggest problem on the economy is a messaging problem. As Charles says right out of the gate, it’s not a messaging problem, this ain’t “Cool Hand Luke”.
There’s no question the economy is still very sick, noted here. But given how this country has performed in past recessions it’s not unreasonable for folks to expect some kind of recovery, some kind of hope that things will get better sometime soon. Even compared to the other greatest recession since the Great Depression, from 1980 until 1984, the unemployment rate trends over those four years were down. Not so this time, Americans don’t see light at the end of the tunnel. As CK says the only thing they see is an oncoming train.
First, the soundbite from CK. Enjoy!
Here’s the bite from Kirsten Powers, as she tries to spin the bad economic numbers, and the president’s bad polling numbers, found here, as just a messaging problem.
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air breaks down the numbers in the Washington Post poll here. But even with the poll clearly slanted toward Democrats, the president does not fare well. Surprised?
On the issues, Obama didn’t move all that much from the post-OBL mission poll — which is not good news for the President:
- Economy – 40/59, was 40/55
- Deficit – 33/61, was 39/58
- Afghanistan – 52/41, was 60/29
- Terrorism – 60/34, was 69/21
Republicans in Congress took the lead on public trust on the economy, 45/42 over Obama, for the first time since December. The outlook on the economy remains doggedly pessimistic, with only 11% rating it as positive at all, and 89% rating it negatively, the highest since the midterms. Eighty-one percent now rate the economic recovery as “weak,” up from 75% in February 2010. A large majority, 57/42, do not feel the effects of a recovery on their personal economic situation. These are not re-elect numbers by any stretch of the imagination.
Go and read Ed’s entire analysis.