Economy Predicted to Return as Issue After bin Laden Frenzy Dies

Monday, 02 May 2011 10:55 AM

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The death of 9/11 architect Osama bin Laden will boost President Barack Obama and rekindle bipartisanship not seen since the attacks in New York and Washington. However, the economy will eventually re-emerge as the issue in the 2012 elections, The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza predicts in his column, The Fix.

Bin Laden, al-Qaida, economy, 2012The event could dominate the news for weeks to come and “will have a massive — although yet-to-be-fully determined — impact on the political landscape of the country.” Cillizza predicted a “partisan putting aside.”

“In the wake of that terrorist attack, there was an extended period of bipartisanship — or, perhaps more accurately, non-partisanship — in the political world. The early reaction to bin Laden’s death suggests a similar putting aside of partisanship as a rallying effect takes hold in the country.” Cillizza added that how long that “spirit lasts is unknowable.”

Although bin Laden was hunted under three presidential administrations — Bill Clinton and George W. Bush before Obama — Obama gave the order that brought it about. That fact will strengthen the president’s image as a leader and “complicate attempts by Republican presidential candidates — at least in the near term — to attack Obama on any topic,” the Post said.

Nonetheless, “it will not likely fundamentally alter the over-arching issue of the 2012 election, which is, and is nearly-certain to remain, the economy.” Cillizza predicted that the economy will return slowly as the issue for the 2012 election.



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