Step 2: Pin people’s unhappiness over ruined country on the new guys, try to get back in office.
I have noticed a recurring theme in Republican commentary has been to ignore the economy in assessing the public’s sour mood toward the party in power, and to assert that disapproval of the Democrats is entirely a function of public revulsion at the liberal agenda. One could make a case that the Democrats have politically overreached. I disagree. But to characterize the backlash as driven entirely by concerns about policy, without mentioning the pull of an economic crisis that began before Obama took office, is not an argument that any political scientist, or even a candid pollster or political adviser, would take seriously. It’s pure propaganda.
I wonder what Charles Krauthammer thinks was the cause of 28% approval ratings for Bush before deregulation and deficit spending broke the country? Now we’re supposed to view it as a massive rejection of liberal policies the second Obama’s ratings dip below 50% in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression?
Ah, but the Republicans, the more you prove them wrong, the madder they get. Proving Charles Krauthammer is a ridiculous idiot day after day will get you nowhere with these folks. The hero worship of Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, Cheney and the like proves the GOP has created an infinite loop of stupid that cannot be interrupted with facts. Tonight, I despair.