Over at Plum Line today, I talked about the possible effects of an improved economy -- and why it's possible that conventional wisdom is too pessimistic. See Ezra Klein this morning for more on the latter point.
It's not original to me, but one of the relevant points here is one that people have made about "Obamacare" -- that it's a risky slur to use. If the president is popular with swing voters, then it's a slur that's apt to backfire! Of course, this only highlights the big problem for Republicans these days, one that will surely be on display at the big CPAC meeting in Washington that began this morning: they increasingly speak to, and in the language that sells to, a fairly small fraction of the public.
I don't want to oversell that point -- it's only something that matters around the margins to begin with, and you can be sure that Mitt Romney will attempt to escape it once he finally secures the nomination -- but I do think it's real. Most Americans just don't think of Barack Obama as someone who spends all his time playing golf and who is incapable of speaking in public without a teleprompter, and at the same time there's a big chunk of Republicans who don't want to listen to anything else (and are apparently willing to spend ungodly sums of money to subsidize anyone willing to speak that language.