On the surface, two studies out this week seem to raise warning flags about the competitiveness of the U.S. economy.
One, the annual ranking from the World Economic Forum -- the elite business organization that runs the annual winter schmooze-fest in Davos, Switzerland -- finds that the United States has fallen from No. 1, a position it shared with Finland for most of a decade, to an unsettling sixth place.
Add in the lower freedom rank for the US and I think you have a message the dems can use against the repubs.
The drive to be number 1 is such a strong meme it might actually sink in to the sluggish consciousness of unreality based.