Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 11/08/2012
Obama pollster: GOP is trapped in the 1980s, ‘out of gas’
By Greg Sargent
This morning I talked with Obama’s lead pollster, Joel Benenson, and he offered fresh detail on the campaign’s theory of the race and on why the President was able to win reelection amid such a bad economy.
“From the start, you had a theory on the Republican side: They were going to make this a referendum on President Obama, using the old Ronald Reagan question,” Benen told me, in a reference to Reagan’s famous “are you better off” line.
“But the American people were focused on, which candidate is going to make my life better over the next four years?” Benenson continued.
“Overwhelmingly, Americans viewed the economic crisis and recession as an extraordinary circumstance — not as an ordinary recession,” Benenson continued, adding that “the more Romney and Republicans tried to talk about this as an ordinary recession,” rather than a “massive crisis,” the more they seemed “out of touch and tone deaf.”
The GOP is definitely living in the past....