Obama adviser David Plouffe, speaking on Good Morning America today, offered a strangely contradictory message: that Congress has to pass Obama’s jobs bill to improve the economy, and that the Obama campaign is preparing for a tough race because the economy won’t improve anytime soon.
Stephanopolous: Last week Vice President Biden said that the Republican Party is actually strong enough to win. Is he right?
Plouffe: We’re going to have a close election. Some things aren’t going to change between now and next November. We’re obviously in a tough economy. We’re going to have a very close election as most presidential elections are. So we’re going to have to fight for every vote, and that’s what we intend to do. What the president’s focused on is how do we get people back to work in the short term and how do we rebuild an economy in the long term that makes sure hard work and responsibility is rewarded and that the middle class feels more secure?
By the way, if the Obama team is wondering why no one seems all that enthused about their latest big-spending bill designed to lower the unemployment rate, this chart from the Washington Post from a few days ago seems pretty illustrative:
According to the White House’s projections, the stimulus bill was supposed to bring down the unemployment rate to about 6.5 percent or so by now.
Obama and his team have given skeptics absolutely no reason to believe that this grab-bag of Democratic spending proposals will impact the unemployment rate any differently than the last one — except that this one is smaller.