September 5, 2012


Why Democrats Flubbed 'Better Off' Question : 'Angry-bird voters', missing talking points and a mixed economic picture contributed to the fumble shadowing the start of the convention. (Jill Lawrence, September 4, 2012, National Journal)

Democrats start their convention on Tuesday in Charlotte dogged by the unforced errors of not one but three top Obama advisers and allies who muffed a fundamental question that's been utterly predictable ever since Ronald Reagan asked it during his campaign against President Carter more than 30 years ago. [...]

[T]he display on TV had to be less than reassuring for Democrats, particularly since two of those who struggled with the question--senior White House adviser David Plouffe and chief campaign strategist David Axelrod--would theoretically be the coaches preparing top-tier surrogates such Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who answered "No" on Sunday when asked if the country is doing better than it was four years ago.

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