And it is dismal. The Washington Post's Michael Gerson hit some of the lowlights in a recent column: Unemployment above 8 percent for three years; long-term unemployment at its worst levels since 1948; more than 6 million Americans falling into poverty since 2009. Obama “has missed his own objectives on reducing unemployment and the federal debt by a mile” and has done little to curb entitlement spending, “which threatens the security of the elderly and the future stability of the economy.”
Romney has tried to make the economy the centerpiece of his campaign, and has a plan to undo the significant damage inflicted by the Obama administration. But he has veered off message at times while trying to blunt challenges and appeal to primary voters. Santorum only last week got around to laying out his proposals. “I'm glad he recognizes this is going to be a campaign about the economy,” Romney said.
Oklahoma Republican voters should recognize that, too. Social issues are important here, and always will be. But this year, nothing trumps the economy. Nothing else is even close.