Voters to Barack Obama – “It’s the Economy Stupid”

WASHINGTON – While incumbent President Barack Obama continues to hold on to a virtual tie with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, he lags further and further behind in voters’ views of his handling of the economy.  Currently Romney holds (nationally) a 3 – 1 lead among voters in this area.

Voters invested a lot in Barack Obama in 2008.  He was young, vital, and the first serious African-American candidate for president.  Yet, voters continue to pull away from Obama despite heavy spending on ads attacking Romney.

In the key swing state of Virginia it seems you can’t watch television for more than 20 minutes without seeing at least one Obama ad, almost all of them negative.  Yet the Washington Post, hardly a mouthpiece for the Romney campaign, reports that the race for Old Dominion voters is a tie.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    G.A. I know this has nothing to do with this post, but I have a question I’d really like you to answer. I heard your part of today’s interview w/ Albero. Please tell me how you went from being an editor to total disappearance from that blog. That says much more to me than any lip service you give to his candidacy. Also, if he really intends to run for mayor, why doesn’t he act a little more mayoral? The picture of Tilghman shows me he is just an adolescent holding a grudge. Can you tell me anything to change this perception?

    • G. A. Harrison says:

      Question #1 –
      I quit working for Joe because we disagreed on certain fundamental issues regarding the running of SBYNews. Yet, we remain good friends. SBYNews is Joe’s business and he has a right to run it as he sees fit. While we may have disagreed, I can’t say that he was wrong. The market speaks volumes. Besides, I’m willing to bet that a lot of the criticism that is heaped on him is because SBYNews is successful. IF it didn’t have a large readership AND if it wasn’t influential then I don’t think certain people would be screaming bloody murder about Joe Albero.

      Question #2-
      Why doesn’t he act more mayoral? That’s a tough one. My experience of Salisbury “mayoral” is Barrie Parsons Tilghman and Jimmy Ireton. Compared to those two, Joe Albero is the personification of calmness and tact. Tilghman was sneaky and underhanded (let’s not forget the Fruitland Wal-Mart land deal). Jimmy has hissy fits whenever he doesn’t get his way. In addition, he places partisan politics far above the citizens who elected him. Of those two, Tilghman was the better mayor. She knew how to deal.

      As for Albero’s portrayal of individuals in SBYNews, let’s remember that SBYNews is a business. Joe provides his readers with what they want. That’s what a business is supposed to do. Just because you may believe that SBYNews could present stories in a different tone than you would prefer, that doesn’t mean that Joe is wrong. While I only worked for him a short while, I have to admit that it was very educational. I mean that in a very positive way.

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