April 4, 2013 9 Comments
New jobless claims are up to 385,000, an increase of 28,000 over last week. No doubt the administration has some sort of excuse for the increase. Instead of discussing the economy, Obama is busy campaigning for Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats. She’s apparently the sort of Speaker we should desire as she never puts ideology above doing what’s right. Yes, Obama was serious when he suggested that. Please stop laughing. If that doesn’t distract the public, perhaps Obama should send senior advisors out to complain about the Drudge Report and how it “hurts what we’re trying to do.” No, wait, they’ve done that.
The economy isn’t really gaining any strength, which is cause for ignoring the economy if you’re a Democrat. There are other things to ignore as well, such as the administration’s inability to get the Obamacare exchanges up and running next year. We’ll have to “suffer” without the exchanges until 2015. Obamacare is collapsing in on itself as the regulators are unable to write coherent regulations and get the system up and running. It behooves the administration to ignore this problem, just like the economy.
The administration reaction to bad news is to ignore it and campaign. Obama has made it his goal to win the House back for the Democrats. He and the Democrats have a number of problems heading into 2014 beginning with Obama himself. Historically President’s who campaign for their party in midterm elections tend to lose. The last midterm, 2010, is a good example. Obama campaigned more than any other sitting President has before during the 2010 midterm and he lost big. The Democrats second problem is that Obama’s personal fundraising arm, Organizing for Action, is competing for Democrat money with the DNC and other party affiliated campaign funds. Lack of a single strategy and single source of funds will dilute the Democrats message and limit their slim chances of victory.
Of course when news isn’t good it’s best to focus on other things. As such Obama is talking about the next election rather than the daily dose of bad news coming from Washington. Add to that a dose of media blaming, always a sign of desperation from the White House. It’s one thing for surrogates to blame the media, it’s another thing when White House advisers point the finger at the media. It’s no surprise they’re going after Drudge. despite his conservative leanings, the left-wing media flocks to the Drudge Report. Obama is trying to get them to knock it off but the fact is reporters desire to have their stories linked on Drudge because a link from his website equals tens of thousands of additional hits for an article and increased notoriety for the writer.
Of course it’s Drudge’s fault that the Obama administration, with its adoring media, cannot get his message out properly. It’s almost comical that anyone in the administration would make such a statement. It had it’s intended effect though, we forgot all about the jump in new unemployment numbers and the Obamacare regulation problems. When this administration starts focusing on nonsense issues (for the administration anyway) and campaigning we know things aren’t going well. As things get worse over the next few weeks and months it ought to be fascinating to see how far they take this.