Results matter. Speeches don't.
You've all heard me make this point a million times, but it's nice to see John Harwood hammer the idea that a display of “empathy” would save the election for Obama. “We have a controlled experiment,” he quotes Stan Greenberg, one of Bill Clinton’s pollsters, as saying. “Clearly Bill Clinton had the ability to connect emotionally. He got slaughtered in 1994.” And of course Reagan -- and, for that matter, Clinton -- was lower in the polls at this point in his presidency than Obama is.
| September 27, 2010; 12:09 PM ET
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