It’s funny how…

Monday, November 1st, 2010 @ 8:07 pm | Election crap

…this election is historically supposed to go this way, following a trend going back to the mid-nineteenth century, but nobody can really take that to heart. Me included. Because this election has been a shell game. The Republicans started campaigning on Jan. 20th, 2009, and couldn’t wait to pin the economy on Obama. Absolutely every single thing he did to help the country was derided simply for being government action.

I mean, you can see here the genuine conservative position before the stimulus:

I honestly think — and remember, I’m in the construction industry — that we’d probably be better off doing absolutely nothing. Let the economy adjust, as the economic actors in the United States take their individual economic decisions concerning what’s right for them. There will be pain, but the economy will recover.

So the Republicans made their position fairly clear: Since doing anything is bad, everything Obama does is bad. Now all we have to look forward to is them stepping into the House and doing nothing. Well, nothing except issue subpoenas for witch-hunts and spend two more years trying to fight anything and everything President Obama and the Democrats, all legitimately elected and likely to still control the Senate, want to do.

But in some little way, I kind of wish Dana had gotten what he wanted the past two years: Nothing. “There will be pain, but the economy will recover.” Would it have recovered by Nov. 2nd, 2010? It would be so amazing to be able to watch these two little competing versions of pre-history play out. I bemoan that the world was not able to watch the Republican wipeout in all its glory.

But so we have it. Obama and the Democrats did most everything they could to undo the damage of the Bush years, and have been pinned with the blame for not delivering a full recovery in two years. Or it didn’t matter and the Republicans were going to gain seats in 2010 regardless of what happened. Either way, onwards we go…

-hw

6 Responses to “It’s funny how…”

  1. Dana Says:

    Our esteemed host wrote:

    The Republicans started campaigning on Jan. 20th, 2009, and couldn’t wait to pin the economy on Obama.

    Nope, sorry, wrong answer. We started campaigning on Wednesday, November 5th, 2008. Please make a note of it.

  2. Henry Whistler Says:

    Yes, I do believe Republican efforts to blame the economy on Obama did indeed begin while Bush was still in office. Thanks for the correction, Dana!

  3. AJKamper Says:

    I will note that right now, it looks like one of the worst midterm defeats on record. So it’s not necessarily supposed to go this way at all… at least, not to this extreme.

    It is funny to what extent the economy has gotten pinned on Obama, though. Like people have managed to conflate the deficits entailed by the stimulus and health-care expenditures not taking place for five years and think that this is why the economy is bad NOW.

    Which is, of course, stupid.

  4. cbmc Says:

    <iObama and the Democrats did most everything they could to undo the damage of the Bush years

    I have made a huge & hopefully noticeable effort to be less O-hateful this year but I have to say, this isn’t true at all. Many important & vile Bush-era policies have been continued, willfully & without apology, by the O admin, and it’s why many actual leftists are unapologetically uninterested in reelecting Democrats.

  5. Dana Says:

    Whistler’s Mother’s least favorite son wrote:

    But in some little way, I kind of wish Dana had gotten what he wanted the past two years: Nothing. “There will be pain, but the economy will recover.” Would it have recovered by Nov. 2nd, 2010?

    Who knows? But we know that with government action, it hasn’t recovered by November 2nd, 2010.

  6. Henry Whistler Says:

    Good, Dana, you’ve illustrated that we don’t have multiple observable universes.

    Wall Street recovered though. Funny, that used to be all Republicans cared about, and we were taught for years that if Wall Street was doing well, Main Street would be doing well. Funny, funny, funny.

    And since I’m my mother’s only son, I’m her favorite as well;)

    cbmc: Well, I said “most.” I know of what you speak, but…

    http://whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com/