There’s an old rule of thumb in politics: Every election is about the future. Obama is betting the White House on this. Months ago, David Axelrod, the president’s chief strategist, told me, “Obama ran for president because he believed there was a confluence of problems that were a long time in the making, a consequence of rapid changes in communications, technology, and the economy. And the real question was, ‘Are we mature enough as a country to deal with that in a way that works for most Americans?’”
Once again, Obama is proceeding with a message of some sophistication: This election is not about venting; it is about selecting the path forward. And he’s hoping that voters—especially those few remaining undecided ones—will choose not to vent about the current state of the economy, will ignore the usual campaign silliness, and will carefully consider the alternatives before making an informed decision about what lies ahead.
David Corn, “Obama’s Big Speech: It’s a Fight About Values”