Far be it from me to complain about Mark Critz doing what he’s gotta do to win a red-leaning district, but I’ll just point out that there are ways to create some distance between yourself and the President without endorsing your opponent’s case against the President.
For instance, neither the Republicans nor President Obama are proposing to do anything about the most important problem facing the country – the 8% unemployment we are facing right now.
Both major party nominees appear to have given up on the idea of trying to do more in the short run to get people back to work. Keith Rothfus wants to stop trying to help them too.
But I bet there are a lot of folks in the 12th district who are either unemployed or under-employed who want to see Congress doing everything in its power to get people back to work now, and who don’t want hear about long-term fixes. Better high schools don’t help a 50-year-old guy who’s lost his job.
The bottom line is, if you want to run against President Obama on jobs, there’s a pretty big opening to run against him on jobs in a way that doesn’t reinforce Keith Rothfus’ argument for electing Keith Rothfus.
The economy isn’t bad because of the EPA. The economy is bad because of Republicans in Congress. Things were getting better faster when Democrats were in charge between 2009 and 2010, and then the recovery started petering out when House Republicans took over: