Wherefore the Campaign of Distraction?

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on August 18, 2012

The style of political discourse Team Obama has adopted may be exceedingly irresponsible and may run counter to Ben Franklin’s admonition that we ought to try to keep our republic. But it is not crazy. I mean, if you were Barack Obama, would you rather drone on and on and on about Mitt Romney’s tax returns–a tactic which appears to be yielding diminishing returns–or would you prefer to discuss the economy?

Not the most appealing choice, I grant you. But an easy question, right? Especially when stories like this one come out:

Close to 90 percent of states saw their unemployment rates rise in July, a potentially worrisome development for President Obama’s reelection campaign.

The Labor Department reported Friday that 44 states in all saw their jobless rate go up, with four states seeing no change at all. Only Idaho and Rhode Island — along with Washington, D.C. — saw their rates drop last month.

The economy added 163,000 jobs in July, the Labor Department said earlier this month, a figure that beat expectations and outpaced the sluggish job growth of the previous three months.

But Republicans also latched on to the fact that the national unemployment rate ticked back up, from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent.

The question that continues to face us is whether the campaign of distraction will succeed. The answer: Only if we the voters let it.

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