As the pulse of the U.S. economy quickens a bit, the reelection prospects for Barack Obama seem to be brightening too.
Here’s a report from the Los Angeles Times, suggesting that the improvement in the jobs picture, plus the mud-wrestling among GOP presidential candidates, is pushing Obama’s poll ratings well above their lows.
But Obama himself notes that the economic story will have some twists and turns before Election Day, and prosperity as we once defined it seems pretty far out of reach.
Meanwhile, Newt Gingerich appears eager to carry the mud-wrestling match into the next round. That’s not my opinion: It comes from Dick Armey, a prominent former Republican member of Congress. Over the weekend, Armey said Ginerich has been “taking a second-rate campaign into a first-rate vendetta” against Mitt Romney.
Politico provides a film clip of Armey’s comments.
Has anyone else noticed how the GOP candidates have scrambled to outdo one another in showing contempt for the “bailout” that headed off the collapse of the U.S. auto industry–even though that bailout began in the waning days of the Bush administration? People in the auto manufacturing states have noticed. Here’s a column from David Kolb at the Muskegon Chronicle.
The Democrats are going to stress this issue in the months ahead. The rhetoric required to win the South Carolina primary could come back to haunt the Republican Party across Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio in November.