Forget the recovery. “The current White House forecast of 3% GDP growth this year looks hopelessly out of reach. And growth this anemic is probably not fast enough to generate enough sustained job growth to bring down the unemployment rate. This is all terrible news for U.S. workers suffering from both high unemployment and flat-to-falling incomes. It’s also not so hot for the Obama reelection campaign. The unemployment rate might well be higher on Election Day than it was at the start of the year.” Read the whole thing.
Forget bipartisanship. “Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was wrong to accuse President Obama of hypocrisy for opposing a special counsel to investigate recent national security leaks. . . . Feinstein’s pushback against McCain’s hypocrisy charge comes as a major divide has opened between Democrats and Republicans over how to investigate a series of national security leaks, including disclosures about a U.S. cyberattack against Iran, a ‘kill list’ and a double agent in Yemen.”
Forget the speech. Mitt Romney says what counts is Obama’s record. “Mitt Romney used an appearance at the Business Roundtable’s quarterly meeting to prebut President Barack Obama’s upcoming economic speech, saying that Obama might speak ‘eloquently’ to the American people as he looks to buy himself more time in office, but that ‘words are cheap.’ ”
Forget Senate confirmation. “President Obama is being pressed by a delegation of prominent Republican Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee to withdraw his nomination of Brett McGurk as the next ambassador [to] Iraq. McGurk, a former National Security Council member, has come under fire from lawmakers on Capitol Hill following the release of a series of explicit 2008 emails that detail his relationship with Wall Street Journal reporter Gina Chon, who resigned from the paper yesterday as a result of the scandal.”
Forget the boat ride. “Florida Alligator Eats Tour-Boat Captain’s Hand.”
Forget the moderate facade the president used to get elected in 2008. “Mr. Romney laid out a long list of Obama policies that he said have been bad for business, criticizing the corporate tax rate, the president’s health care plan and an assortment of regulations. He offered little in the way of new specifics but repeated general promises to relieve the regulatory burden, put the country on a path to a balanced budget and make the United States the most attractive place to do business.”
Forget the primary. Former Newt Gingrich-backer Sheldon Adelson wants to get rid of Obama. “Even in a political season marked by unprecedented levels of political spending, Sheldon Adelson stands alone. In recent days, Mr. Adelson, a billionaire casino owner, and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, gave $10 million to Restore Our Future, a ‘super PAC’ backing the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, people with knowledge of the contribution said on Wednesday, leaving the Adelsons by far the most prolific campaign donors in the country.”