Ezra Klein – Why does Obama keep telling reporters there are ‘no shovel-ready projects’?
October 19, 2010 § Leave a comment
The big news on the stimulus going into November should’ve been this report from the Center for Public Integrity pulling together the many, many letters Republican lawmakers sent asking the administration to use the stimulus to fund projects in their district and saying, forthrightly, that those projects would create jobs and improve the economy. Obama should be going around the country, setting up a podium at each of those projects and making clear just what it is the stimulus did, and just what it was that Republicans opposed. Instead, he’s telling reporters that the foundational phrase of his sales pitch for the stimulus was a mistake, which implies to voters that the Republicans are right when they say the stimulus didn’t work. File this one under “unforced errors,” I guess.
Very peculiar. Obama at moments seems to lack experience in tangibility, almost as badly at Bush 1 and scanners at the supermarket (he’d never seen one).