News One is reporting that President Barack Obama’s chief political adviser on Tuesday conceded that a dark cloud looms over the American economy and Obama’s political future, describing the president’s road to a second term in the White House as “a titanic struggle.”
“We have the wind in our face because the American people have the wind in their faces,” David Axelrod told an audience of New Hampshire politicians and business leaders. “So this is going to be a titanic struggle. But I firmly believe we’re on the right side of the struggle.”
Despite his reservations, Axelrod acknowledged that the president could win because of the flawed Republican field of candidates, whose “fixes” for the economy include doing what has already been done — and actually brought down the U.S. economy. “This isn’t new wine and old bottles. This is old wine and old bottles,” Axelrod said.
We’re glad that Axelrod is functioning in reality and not in fantasy. If Obama wins in 2012, it won’t be pretty and it won’t be a landslide. Obama needs to figure out how to reconnect with his core constituencies and look less like a Republican and more like a Democrat. Right now, many who voted for Obama in 2008 can’t tell the difference.
Read more at News One.
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