Erick Erickson discussed the state of the presidential race as it relates to the economy at CPAC on Thursday with Ralph Reed. Erickson advised that if Republicans want to defeat Obama, they must stand on something more than the economy, because if the economy recovers, November will be one tough slog. More from Erickson:
"I think the race should be more than the economy. Unfortunately I think Republicans have decided they'll go with electability instead of issues and if electability is your case and the electability is based on I can fix the economy and the economy fixes itself, then why do we necessarily need a nominee that the Obama campaign is going to spend millions and millions of dollars on to be unlikable. There needs to be something more to it. Ralph is right, we need to have more of an agenda. But the Republicans have dropped the ball on telling the story of Barack Obama. They never have. They always thought that they could use the economy. There's a story to be told about Barack Obama. This is a man who if you want to succeed in his America, you have to be on board his campaign. He picks the winners and losers, not the free market. And there's a story to be told there that resonates I think with people in the country. I just think the Republicans are dropping -- I hate to be pessimistic about an election we should win, but it seems like we are setting ourselves up to lose if the economy improves and we should be able to beat a man who to succeed in this society he must pick you as a winner."