Dem consultants telling candidates not to use the word 'recovery'

Some advice for Democratic candidates from consultants: Don't use the word "recovery" in your speeches.

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.

Drudge supplies a few links to remind us why Democrats would be in trouble if they mention "recovery:"

The White House "Summer of Recovery" - from 2010.

"Welcome to the Recovery" by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner - in 2010.

Harry Reid: "We are in a recovery" - 2013

You can't spin the failure of Obama's economic policies. Too many people are still hurting while a majority believe we're still in a recession. Since the Dems won't mention "recovery" it's up to Republican candidates to bring up the fact that there has been no recovery after 6 years - and bring it up often.

If the Dems can't talk about the economy or Obamacare, what will they have to say? You guessed it - minimum wage, income inequality, war on women, GOP are raaaaacists - you know, the usual.


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