UPDATE: The RNC is out with a Tumblr for Obama and Colorado’s economy:
President Obama doubled down on his “the private sector is doing fine” gaffe in an interview with Southern Colorado’s KKTV yesterday, declaring that Colorado’s economy was growing even though it isn’t. Those who follow the newspapers (and those in Colorado’s expanding unemployment line) will recall news from earlier this month that it is the unemployment rate in Colorado, and not the economy, that is growing. Colorado’s unemployment rate actually rose in April to 7.9%.
No, Mr. President, the private sector in Colorado is not doing fine.
From the transcript:
KKTV’s DON WARD: “Mr. President, Colorado is a battleground state, it was in 2008, it is now. You had 54% in '08 and you won. Latest polling shows you and Romney at about 45% right now. Some of the support you had then you don't have now, what happened?”
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “Well, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and we're digging our way out. I think people, understandably, want to make sure that going forward over the next four years, we continue to make progress, that's why we announced, for example, the investments we've been making in rural economies and small businesses because we want to see Colorado's economy continue to grow and the country's economy to continue to grow. But, when we've gone through what we've gone through, nobody's going to be completely satisfied, least of all me.”
Excuse us, Mr. President — continue to grow? In April, unemployment in Colorado shot up to 7.9%. That's not growing. Even worse, 4,000 people gave up looking for work entirely at the same time. That's definitely not a sign of economic progress.
Since Obama claims all we need to do to get the economy going again is hire more government employees, let's test that theory here in Colorado. In April, 1,200 jobs were created in Colorado — and 1,100 of them were in government.
It would seem Colorado is a perfect example of Obama's flawed economic theory. In a month that saw nearly 92% of the new jobs created in the public sector, unemployment rose and 4,000 people quit looking for work.
More than just a failed economic theory, Obama's insistence on talking about economic "progress" is destined for political failure as well. According to Bill Clinton's political guru, James Carville, and a slew of Democrat pollsters, voters see right through Obama’s “progress” talk — and aren’t buying his Orwellian Newspeak.
President Barack Obama and his party may face an “impossible headwind in November” unless it shifts to a more forward-looking economic message aimed squarely at the middle class, three Democratic strategists warn in a memo out this week.
Pollsters Stan Greenberg and Erica Seifert, of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, and Democratic strategist James Carville write in a research document for Democracy Corps that their party’s current frame for the 2012 race is not effective. Based on focus groups in Ohio and Pennsylvania, the strategists argue that voters are simply not convinced that the economy is on the move and it’s a mistake to try and tell them otherwise.
Voters aren't stupid — and they’re not blind — they feel the economic pain personally. There is no economic progress for Obama to brag about, the private sector is not "doing fine" and unless Obama figures out some way to explain away his failed policies, he will find himself right alongside the 23 million unemployed Americans come November.