Playing Politics With the Economy
How's the economy doing? Depends on which party you belong to.
This won't be a problem if the economic recovery is blindingly obvious to more than half of the electorate. But even the most optimistic scenarios do not forecast a blindingly obvious recovery by 2012. In the 2012 presidential campaign, what may matter most is not the actual economic data, but which party can better sell swing voters on its interpretation of the data.
Lee Drutman is a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute and the managing editor of ProgressiveFix.com.
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