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    Bin Laden Bounce Is Gone

    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.

    Topics: Barack Obama, Bin Laden dead | 5 Comments »

    5 Responses to “Bin Laden Bounce Is Gone”

    1. yankeefan Says:
      June 7th, 2011 at 11:01 am

      Obama v Romney would be a very good race and a tossup. The GOP would be nuts not to nominate him as quickly as possible, and not wear him out with a protracted, money- and time-sucking primary process. He’s got a strong resume, gobs of cash, and looks the part.

      I suspect that what’s retarding job growth, and will do so for quite some time (maybe a decade) can be summed up in one word: deleveraging. As long as consumers and businesses are shedding debt and excess, and we go through the whole process of discovering where the *real*, uninflated, un-illusory economy, is, demand will be slack.

      I work with many conservative business people, and am helping one write a manifesto on job creation. Where we tend to part ways in political debates is whether the problem is demand or business confidence. I am having trouble finding evidence that business lacks confidence, particularly since the 2010 midterms, which was a clarion call to freeze regulation. I do see a lot of evidence of slack consumer demand, and of consumers and businesses shedding debt and excess.

    2. KS Says:
      June 7th, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Did you read Stephen L. Carter’s Bloomberg View column, “Economic Stagnation Explained, at 30,000 Feet” (May 26, 2011)?

    3. CenturionTerminator Says:
      June 7th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      Churchill beat Hitler but lost re-election. History could repeat itself.

    4. JohnFNWayne Says:
      June 8th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      About 75-percent of the economy is psychological. Confidence isn’t everything but it’s something, be it consumer confidence, business confidence or investor confidence. I think businesses are sitting out some due to health care regulations, and the overall fear of the Obama administration, but that isn’t the only thing. It’s way too profitable to go overseas anymore, and for us in the states, that’s bad news.

    5. Don Reed Says:
      January 25th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      Late To The Party Still In All:

      October Surprise (2012): Obama reveals previous top-secret military file that confirms his stellar military service as a young man, including two years each in Seals & the other three military branches’s commando outfits.

      “I simply was too modest to reveal this in my run for the Presidency in 2008, but now, before you, are my medals – including the Medal of Honor, haven’t gotten that one yet, but being the Pres sure does wonders when you petition the Pentagon for retroactive recognition of past glorious combat valour.”