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April 19, 2014 - 11:26 am

And it’s not “Obamacare.”

As important as Obamacare is to the Republicans in the midterm elections, the economy still tops everyone’s list as the number one issue facing the country.

Some Democratic political consultants are advising candidates to avoid using the term “recovery” when describing the economy — for obvious reasons. This Fox News poll from January shows that 74% of Americans still think we’re in a recession. Any Democrat uttering the word “recovery” is likely to get a shoe thrown at them.

From the Associated Press:

Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don’t talk about the economic recovery. It’s a political loser.

So say Democratic strategists in a blunt declaration that such talk skips over “how much trouble people are in, and doesn’t convince them that policymakers really understand or are even focusing on the problems they continue to face.”

In addition, Stan Greenberg, James Carville and others wrote that in head-to-head polling tests the mere mention of the word “recovery” is trumped by a Republican assertion that the Obama administration has had six years to get the economy moving and its policies haven’t worked.

Coincidentally or not, Democrats have largely shelved the “R” word.

President Barack Obama’s only utterance of it in recent weeks was on April 8, and it was in the context of accusing Republicans of blocking progress on issues that “would help with the economic recovery and help us grow faster.”

Additionally, at a news conference on March 26 where they announced a campaign-season agenda, neither Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., nor most of the other five lawmakers present uttered the word “recovery.”

The strategic advice comes at a time Democrats are working to maximize turnout, particularly among women, for the fall elections, when they face a determined challenge from Republicans vying to add control of the Senate to their seemingly secure House majority.

Simultaneously, Democrats are struggling to respond effectively to persistent Republican attacks on the nation’s health care law.

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In their memo for Democracy Corps and the Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, the authors propose that to boost turnout among their target groups Democrats should back an economic agenda that “puts working women first,” and says that incomes are soaring only for CEOs and the top 1 percent of the country.

“As a start, Democrats should bury any mention of the recovery. That message was tested … and it lost to the Republican message championed by Karl Rove,” they wrote.

Of course, GOP candidates will have little trouble mentioning the “recovery” since for large numbers of Americans, it still hasn’t happened. With 8 million people working part-time who want and need full-time jobs, millions who have dropped out of the workforce altogether, and many millions more facing an uncertain future of reduced hours or even termination due to Obamacare, Republicans will have little trouble reminding people who’s been in charge for the last six years.

I don’t think this is a rational strategy. If Democrats can only talk about “income inequality” and the “war on women” as they relate to the economy, this is a losing proposition. Americans want jobs and economic growth. If the Democrats won’t talk about that, they deserve the shellacking they’re going to get.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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The beatings will continue until the economy improves.
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The proper word is "stagnation." The stock market has curiously become a completely false barometer.
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It's a great strategy. Make sure the economy never recovers and you can still blame the recession on Bush. Hey, it worked for FDR.
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BRAVO!! "Anti" campaigning will turn most people off. Not sure the RINO's are up to that...maybe the Tea Party, if they talk about the "quality" of what our Founding Fathers left us rather than how the Dem's have made a flustercluck of it.
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I thought the word might be "pivot" "laser like focus" "racism". Guess Carville needs to do more testing.
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No need for Dems to use the word "recovery" when Republicans are constantly parroting the word "recovery." Again and again and again, they go about how we are in a "recovery."

To be sure, they say "it is the weakest recovery ever," but that is being too cute by half, too smart for their own good. When that is what they hear is "blah blah blah RECOVERY blah blah." Every time the Republicans say this nonsense, they blow their message again and again.
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CORRECTION - this should read --
To be sure, they say "it is the weakest recovery ever," but that is being too cute by half, too smart for their own good. When they say that, what people hear is "blah blah blah RECOVERY blah blah." Every time the Republicans say this nonsense, they blow their message again and again.
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For six years recovery has been just around the corner. Repubs should point out that there are no corners when the economy is circling the drain.
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And if your health insurance is Obamacare you won't ever see the recovery room either.
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That the piece of crap that was forced on me & my actual "health plan" is to continue eating organics & exercising...God Forbid I should get sick!!
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The beatings will continue until the economy improves.
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Before we talk about the equality of incomes it would be nice to provide everyone an opportunity to have an income. You know-- a job?
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It is a difficult election year for democrats - they've managed to narrow down the subjects on which they can talk it up in their respective campaigns. Racist accusations are getting old - and the so-called 'war on women' is a joke and even my leftist sister knows it. She just hasn't figured out the ACA - but then she's on Medicare. The economy? They can chat all they want about the stock market - I've got tons of clips quoting democrats about what a non-starter a good market was during the Bush years. Jobs? 'Cooking the books'? Everyone knows (or seems to) that the O'Administration has been doing that from nearly day one. Can't blame Bush on much of anything these days although some of their MSM buddies give it a go when the news cycle is otherwise slow. But then only the dummies read their tripe.

With all that going against them how could any democrat hold onto their ride? Well - other than the likes of Nancy Pelosi - or Jim McDermott in Seattle. There should be very few safe democrat seats - if only we had a thinking electorate...

But don't count the republicans 'in' just yet - they manage to screw things up pretty good when everything seems to be downhill run. It should be interesting to see how many ways the republicans can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

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