By Kyle | June 7, 2011
As I said at the time, Obama’s Bin Laden bounce was bound to be short-lived because people are worried about the economy. So it has come to pass. On Assassination Day, remember, every liberal pundit was saying (this before the first fish was nibbling on Bin Laden’s remains) that this event was sure to secure a massive new revise of public opinion in favor of the president. I particularly recall my excitable friend Steve Zeitchik saying such things, and of course Andy Borowitz predicted reelection with 100 percent of the vote. Today I am accepting mea culpas.
The election will (of course) be about the economy. People worry about the thing that is right in front of their face. If that happens to be terrorism, they’ll vote on that basis. But terrorism isn’t first and foremost in the American mind. (It could be, if there were to be another major attack, but it isn’t.) People are worried about jobs and the anti-business, anti-rich people rhetoric of Obama has completely failed — as witness the rise in polls of rich businessman Mitt Romney.
Still, I think Romney made a mistake when he said Obama “doesn’t understand” the way the economy works. Implying that Obama is a dummy is not the way to go. It isn’t true, and it may backfire. Much better for Romney to talk about how likable, charismatic, personable, intelligent, etc. Obama is — then slowly pivot to the sad disappointment of his putting so many other things ahead of the economy in the national list of priorities. And the sad proof that the philosophy of regulating everything is retarding job growth.