Obama’s very bad week

Conservatives aren’t the only ones remarking on the flailing Obama campaign. It’s now the talk (finally) of the liberal press.

Personally, I still think this election is Obama’s to lose. But I don’t think my colleagues on the left are mistaken when they say Team Obama can’t keep stumbling like this.

So, to start your reading on this new week, TCLV recommends this Dana Milbank column that begins with a rundown of last week:

"Job growth has stalled, the Democrats have been humiliated in Wisconsin, the attorney general is facing a contempt-of-Congress citation, talks with Pakistan have broken down, Bill Clinton is contradicting Obama, Mitt Romney is outraising him, Democrats and Republicans alike are complaining about a ‘cascade’ of national-security leaks from his administration, and he is now on record as saying that the ‘private sector is doing fine.’

"Could it get any worse?"

Milbank then proceeds to answer with a big, fat "yes".

You can find the Washington Post column here.

Next, take James Carville. Please.

He of "It’s the economy, stupid!" is telling the president to get off the campaign message of how well the administration has done on the economic recovery. Not only is it a looser strategy, Carville says, it is "wrong."

You can find Carville’s take on Obama here.

And finally, the New York Times carried a front page story this morning on Mitt Romney’s plan for education. Of course, the NYTimes writes in a tone to suggest Romney is out of his freakin’ mind. But I have no doubt that if objectively explained Romney’s plan would absolutely carry a national vote. The only people that hate the Romney plan is teachers unions.

Romney says: "I will expand parental choice in an unprecedented way," adding that families’ freedom to vote with their feet "will hold schools responsible for results." Essentially, he wants federal funding to follow the student, not the school. A darn good idea, as regular readers of The Complete Las Vegan know.

Certainly you can pick around the edges of Romney’s idea, but his is a whole lot better than the track Obama is on with public education. Sometimes Obama gives great speeches in which he almost says that we have to root out bad teachers and put the pressure on underperforming schools. (He makes my heart race when he says that.) But he never follows it up with any kind of action. At least Romney’s plan would set the table for positive change in public education.

See the NYTimes story here.

Give these links a look. Think about them. And, come back regularly for more words of wisdom from TCLV. We’re here 24/7.

 

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