In 2012, Mitt Romney tried to win a referendum against Obama on the economy. The result was a big loss.
Now the GOP is working to craft a 2014 midterm strategy. They can’t count on Obama to repeat his mistakes of 2010, and they don’t want to repeat Romney’s mistakes of 2012.
They know the public’s main concern is still jobs; in remarks this week, House Speaker John Boehner made clear jobs will be the GOP’s 2014 theme. But Republicans know they can’t just bash Obama (although there’s room for plenty of that.)
Instead, they have to have real proposals to create jobs, as well as an alternative to the mess of Obamacare. Disappointed by Obama, voters want to hear what Republicans have to offer. The opportunity is there, if the GOP is smart enough to take advantage of it.
(Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.)