Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a heralded Republican strategist, offered up yet more evidence Sunday that the GOP is coalescing around a 2012 message along the lines of: the economy is improving but it could be much better.
"The American people are being told by the news media, by the liberal media elite, how great the economy is. Well the economy is not great out in America," Barbour said on ABC's This Week. "Maybe it's gotten a little better but it kind of reminds me of an old country song from my youth -- the lyrics were, I've been down so long it looks like up to me now."
"So yeah, we've had some improvement on jobs, but we need a lot more," he added.
Bill Burton, former White House deputy spokesman who now runs the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA, countered on ABC, "I think the Clint Eastwood ad that it's halftime in America is probably a little more accurate."