Whatever the Obama Administration is doing they should not listen to people like James Carville who have no real answers. You hear that Obama shouldn't talk about the economy.
Talk about what then? The narrative that Obama inherited a very poor economy with a one in a century crisis but within that crisis has navigated it well and has achieved strong private sector job growth but there's been austerity at the state level that has dragged down growth and that obstructionist GOP has done everything to thwart the recovery is supposedly too nuance.
No, the GOP wins the narrative on the economy. Mentioning inheriting the economy or Bush is not going to work Americans don't make nuanced distinctions it's just black or white. However, the latest poll out belies this. Turns out most Americans still recognize it was Bush who tanked the economy who tanked the economy:
"More than two-thirds of Americans—including half of Republicans—still blame former President George W. Bush for the country's economic ills, according to a new Gallup poll released on Thursday, hours before President Barack Obama was to deliver a high-stakes speech defending his handling of the weak economy."
So blaming the Republicans and Bush is far from it being a political loser is what the American people themselves think.
What Obama shouldn't do is listen to GOP talking points. Most Americans know that it's GOP policies that got us here and GOP policies will never get us out:
"The Democratic president has crisscrossed the country in recent months pleading for patience from voters still struggling in the anemic recovery and grappling with stubbornly high unemployment above 8 percent. In his speeches, Obama makes a point of blaming Bush and Republicans in general for the 2007-2008 meltdown and warns that Mitt Romney's economic program resembles the Bush approach "on steroids."
I don't really think there's anything to this idea that Obama's message is off. It's just that like the last 2 years the economy slowing down at the same part of the year. It's like what the athletes say after going through a losing streak-'the key is to just stay within yourself'-not repackage your whole message.