Thursday, October 13th, 2011 12:13:35

Reagan Resoluteness, Too — Not Simply Reagan Recovery

“It’s the economy stupid” is the infamous mantra conceived by political consultant James Carville that underscored the main issue driving the 1992 presidential race. A few months later, Bill Clinton replaced George H.W. Bush (41) as president, and it was the focus on the economy that got him there.

Today, with lingering high unemployment (hovering at 9 percent with 25 million Americans either unemployed underemployed or discouraged), the presidential election is once again focused on the economy. So it seemed to make sense that the Bloomberg/Washington Post Republican presidential debate held Tuesday night at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., focused only on the economy.