Obama’s Problem Is The Economy, Not ‘Connecting’

Washington’s political punditry remains taken with the notion that President Obama is failing to “connect” with average Americans. Yet polling data and political science tell us that Obama’s problems have far more to do with public perceptio…

Washington’s political punditry remains taken with the notion that President Obama is failing to “connect” with average Americans. Yet polling data and political science tell us that Obama’s problems have far more to do with public perception of how he is handling the economy, than with his ability to push the nation’s emotional buttons.

On Sunday, during a panel discussion on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Washington Post‘s Bob Woodward used an anecdote about former President Bill Clinton to illustrate Obama’s supposed “connection” problem:

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