In this week’s election, Democrats attempted to label Republicans as “the party of ‘no.’ ” Instead, voters labeled Democrats as the party of no jobs, no growth and no clue.
As a political strategist for Bill Clinton, James Carville coined the now over-used phrase, “The economy, stupid.” (which more commonly appears as “It’s the economy, stupid.”). By focusing on the economy, Bill Clinton won the 1992 presidential campaign, defeating President George H.W. Bush.
More than 20 years later, it’s still the economy, stupid. According to Bloomberg, “The economy was voters’ most pressing concern as they cast their ballots in the midterm election, with seven of 10 rating conditions poor, preliminary exit polls showed.”
Apparently, voters didn’t realize that 2% annual growth and a workforce participation rate of 62.7% represent an economic boom.
In a Gallup poll, climate change, the Democrats’ raison de vivre, ranked 14th out of 15 in a poll about issues that worry voters. It finished just ahead of “race relations” and just behind “the quality of the environment” – two other big issues for Democrats. Meanwhile, in the real world, the top voter worries were “the economy,” followed by “federal spending and the budget deficit.”