Median income. Mortgage foreclosures. Unemployment.
There are all sorts of economic indicators.
Yet the one most visible to most people is attached to the other end of a debit card at a gas pump.
And a few days into the official start of summer, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline still is dropping.
It’s $3.41, according to the AAA national survey of more than 100,000 gas stations.
That’s down from $3.50 a week ago, $3.65 a month ago.
It’s not the $2.50 that at least one politician was promising heading into summer. Yet it’s still well below the highest recorded average price for regular in the U.S.:
$4.11 in July of 2008 — which was another summer heading into a presidential election.
That year, there was no incumbent on the ballot.
This year, it’s the other economic indicators that the incumbent probably worries about most.