Over the weekend, President Obama unleashed a fusillade of economic proposalsmeant to not only raise the nation's hopes of economic recovery (just around the corner), but also to raise the flagging poll numbers of the Democratic party.
Here are the kenspeckel polling numbers that give Democrats a queasy feeling. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 40 percent of registered voters say they have more confidence in Democrats and 38 percent say they have more trust in Republicans. Sounds okay, right? The problem is three months ago, Democrats had a 12-point advantage. The trend is not their friend. On the economy, 43 percent of voters side with Republicans when it comes to dealing with financial problems, while 39 percent favor Democrats.
This is why I was encouraged to hear that President Obama is finally engaging in Clintonian politics and has begun a long-predicted shift to the middle. I'm not referring to the stump-style speech he gave in Milwaukee nor am I referring to the $50 billion infrastructure "Stimulus-Lite" spending program nor am I referring to the expansion of the research and experimentation tax credit.