With the jobs market stagnant 17 months after Democrats in Congress (joined by three then- (including two current) Republicans in the Senate) overwhelmingly supported their party’s “so-called stimulus,” instead of defending their record, these Democrats are planning on attacking Republicans. (Via Washington Examiner.)
And ready as they are to tie the GOP to George W. Bush, people may be waking up to the fact that that good man’s successor has been far worse on jobs and spending than was the Republican. Recall Obama decrying Bush for excessive government spending (your know “living beyond our means)? Recall his campaign concern about a deteriorating jobs market?
Now, the president may tell us that the economy would be even worse and unemployment even higher without his plan, but remember the promises made by his economic team. If the “stimulus” passed, unemployment wouldn’t climb above 8%. Well, it’s been a year since the unemployment rate was supposed to have peaked at 8% and this past month it declined to 9.5%, declined only “because 652,000 people gave up on their job searches and left the labor force.”
And for those not good at math, let me remind you of something, 9.5% is higher than 8% — 18.75% higher.
As Democrats return to attack mode (did they ever leave it), some of their commentary is particularly rich. Get this from White House senior adviser David Axelrod: “If we allow a Republican Party that took a $237 billion surplus and turned it into a $1.3 trillion deficit over eight years to masquerade as the party of fiscal responsibility, then shame on us”. $1.3 trillion over eight years?!? not bad given that that’s the approximate one-year deficit for the Democrat Axelrod helped put into the White House.
In linking the Post article, the Examiner‘s Chris Stirewalt makes an interesting point, “The first thing they do is manage the expectations, suggesting that anything other than Republicans winning a majority in the House is a victory.”
We need to make clear that the goal is simply to elect enough Republicans to Congress to block Obama from enacting his big-government agenda. But, it won’t be enough for Republicans to stand athwart statism yelling stop. Republicans to deflect Democratic criticisms that they’re offering nothing more than rehashed Bush-ism, but put forward conservative reforms similar to those proposed by the Gipper and articulated in the Contract with America.
All that said, what is most fascinating about the Democrats’ 2010 strategy is that for the first national elections after taking office, the man who was going to transform American politics returns to the old strategy of attack your opponents.
Not a very new kind of politics that.