I was watching MSNBC yesterday when one of the nameless pundits uttered something that made me chuckle “research has shown that unemployment will not be the main issue in 2012”. How ridiculous, right? No president since FDR has ever been re-elected with an unemployment rate above 8%. The unemployment rate receives far more attention than any other issue, barring of course the Casey Anthony trail, how in the world could that not be a driving issue in 2012. Well apparently that unnamed MSNBC pundit was, shockingly, receiving his talking points straight from the White House: “President Obama’s senior political adviser David Plouffe said Wednesday that people won’t vote in 2012 based on the unemployment rate” (Top Obama adviser says unemployment won't be key in 2012 - TheHill.com) It is official: The Obama administration has completely lost touch with reality. Marco Rubio articulated the solution to America’s problems so well the other day: “Let’s stop talking about new taxes and start talking about new taxpayers, which means jobs. This debt is the No. 1 issue on everyone’s minds and rightfully so. It is a major issue, but everywhere else, in the real world, the No. 1 issue on people’s minds is jobs. And I tell you, every other problem facing America — a mortgage crisis, a home foreclosure crisis, this debt problem — all of these issues get easier to deal with if people are gainfully employed across America. And the impact that unemployment is having across this country is devastating. …” (Sen. Rubio: We Don't Need New Taxes, We Need New Taxpayers | RealClearPolitics) This administration has written off creating jobs, offering the Stimulus Act as its only legislative solution to unemployment—which even Obama has admitted is a failure “shovel-ready wasn’t as shovel-ready as we thought”. The Republicans are hammering home a message that is resonating with those struggling in this dismal economy, and yes they will be voting based on the unemployment rate in 2012.