If Democrats plan to run on their record …

posted at 10:12 am on April 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

DNC Chair Tim Kaine insisted this week that Democrats will run on their record of accomplishment in this year’s midterm elections.  According to Pew, that strategy borders on political suicide.  In a cycle where the economy will be by far the most important issue, the only people who think the American economy is looking rosy are Democrats:

Though many experts say the nation’s troubled economy is showing signs of recovery, much of the public does not see it. Close to nine-in-ten rate economic conditions today as either poor (49%) or only fair (39%), numbers that have changed little since last June. A majority does not expect an imminent turnaround: more than a third (36%) say they think economic conditions will be about the same a year from now, while 19% say they expect conditions to worsen.

Public perceptions of two of the federal government’s most sweeping efforts to right the economy could be contributing to the pessimism. More than six-in-ten (62%) say the economic stimulus package enacted by Congress last year has not helped the job situation, while about half (49%) say the government’s loans to banks and other financial institutions did not help prevent a more severe economic crisis. Meanwhile, the public sees little government progress toward fixing the causes of the financial crisis. About four-in-ten (42%) say they see just a little progress; 25% say they see no progress at all.

Democrats rammed through a Porkulus bill that costs over $830 billion as part of that record that Kaine proudly promotes. The White House says that Porkulus rescued the economy. Hardly anyone’s buying that spin. Even among Democrats, only a thin majority of 51% believe that their stimulus bill helped the job situation in the US. Support for Democrats among the income demographics on this point doesn’t rise above 35%, and and 39% among the education demographics.

Optimism is almost completely confined to Democrats, too. Sixty-one percent of Democrats believe that economic conditions will improve over the next year, but Republicans (27%) and independents (36%) mainly disagree.  Pluralities of both believe the economic problems will continue as they are (42% and 40%, respectively) or get worse (26% and 22%, respectively.

Will more class warfare rhetoric convince independents to stick with Democrats in the midterms?  Barack Obama used that kind of populist attack to build the first majority for a Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter, but he may be a victim of his own success.  When asked if the country is divided into Two Americas — haves and have-nots — almost every demographic strongly disagreed.  Democrats, black voters, and the lowest-income level earners had majorities in agreement, but independents reject the notion 43/53, as did those making between $30K-$75K, 40/55, and surprisingly, college graduates, 35/62.

Democrats can’t win running on this record.  Expect them to try running on George Bush’s record instead.


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But the unemployment rate dropped to the lowest in A MONTH. That means Obama has rescued the economy. Expect fireworks when they release the census-laced employment numbers.

andy85719 on April 29, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Expect them to try running on George Bush’s record instead.

George Bush is getting more popular every day, when compared to the idiocracy we have now.

Vashta.Nerada on April 29, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Democrats can’t win running on this record. Expect them to try running on George Bush’s record instead.

Who is this “Bush” guy? All I’ve seen in Washington since January of last year are Democrats top to bottom. And Democrats have controlled Congress since 2007. Obama was in Congress in 2007 voting yes on legislation he constantly criticizes and blames on some guy named “Bush.”

Methinks the “blame Bush” plan has outlived its usefulness. That won’t stop the dummycrats from trying it, though.

Good Lt on April 29, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Democrats can’t win running on this record. Expect them to try running on George Bush’s record instead.

You mean the guy who’s been out of office for 15 1/2 months? Who’s been living like a hermit aside from the occasional foray down to Haiti? Yeah, there’s a great electoral strategery.

Doughboy on April 29, 2010 at 10:17 AM

The Fascist-Democrats think everyone loves their skittle spewing unicorns.

rbj on April 29, 2010 at 10:18 AM

The Dems will always need their Emmanuel Goldstein. I don’t expect them to do anything differently.

Asher on April 29, 2010 at 10:19 AM

According to Pew, that strategy borders on political suicide.

c’mon ed, *hush*…. think of the 1,000 plus comment nights you guys would get if they followed Timmy K’s strategy…

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 10:19 AM

alls i wanna do this year is donate to conservative challengers and vote in Nov. that is if voting is still legal by then…

moonbatkiller on April 29, 2010 at 10:19 AM

The Dems will always need their Emmanuel Goldstein. I don’t expect them to do anything differently.

Asher on April 29, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Ain’t that the truth. Now, it’s your turn in Room 101.

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Blame Booosh! Go for it! I think it’s a winner!!

JAM on April 29, 2010 at 10:20 AM

“If Democrats plan to run on their record”

Democrats having courage to run on what they actually believe! LMAO!

You can be funny, sometimes, Ed.

MNHawk on April 29, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Democrats can’t win running on this record. Expect them to try running on George Bush’s record instead.

George Who?

JusDreamin on April 29, 2010 at 10:22 AM

They have never been able to run on their record nor give an honest assessment of what their real plans are. As always, they will lie, cheat, and blame republicans or big (insert current horrible industry) for what the donks have wrought on the country.

jukin on April 29, 2010 at 10:24 AM

alls i wanna do this year is donate to conservative challengers and vote in Nov. that is if voting is still legal by then…

moonbatkiller on April 29, 2010 at 10:19 AM

I just think that at some point you have cast enough votes.

/BO

pappy on April 29, 2010 at 10:26 AM

I’m really going to enjoy this fall, watching Democrats freaking out over their pending demise while the MSM scrambles to genetrate one bogus poll after another.

fogw on April 29, 2010 at 10:26 AM

According to Pew, that strategy borders on political suicide.

c’mon ed, *hush*…. think of the 1,000 plus comment nights you guys would get if they followed Timmy K’s strategy…

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 10:19 AM

I think it’s a terrific strategy. The public is just too stupid to understand how awesome their policies have been. Just keep banging on about how smart you’ve been Democrats.

forest on April 29, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Sixty-one percent of Democrats believe that economic conditions will improve over the next year, but Republicans (27%) and independents (36%) mainly disagree.

That is what is going to kill the Dems this fall, the Independents are pi$$ed!

Johnnyreb on April 29, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Keep digging that hole, Dems.

kingsjester on April 29, 2010 at 10:32 AM

But everyone, the employment picture is look extra good. Did you see those jobless claims. They dropped by 11,000. So excellent. All those new government census jobs. Oh and look at Wall Street. Anticipating the giant government bailout bill has the market in an orgasmic buying spree. Thank dear leader. He will save us until our debt crushes the country and turns us into Greece.

andy85719 on April 29, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Running on negatives will do nothing positive for the Democrats. That is the playbook the Democrats used in the past and were defeated. The definition of an idiot is one who keeps doing the same thing expecting a different result. If the Republicans don’t screw up and try to out Democrat the Democrats then we should control at least one of the Houses in 2010. Blame Bush got old after the third month, even Liberal Pundits are getting tired of it. At what point does the Democrat Party take ownership of the problems? Never according to past history.

old war horse on April 29, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Who is this “Bush” guy? All I’ve seen in Washington since January of last year are Democrats top to bottom. And Democrats have controlled Congress since 2007. Obama was in Congress in 2007 voting yes on legislation he constantly criticizes and blames on some guy named “Bush.”

Methinks the “blame Bush” plan has outlived its usefulness. That won’t stop the dummycrats from trying it, though.

Good Lt on April 29, 2010 at 10:16 AM

And yet, I see commenters on sites like Politico who still pin everything on Bush. It’s not gonna be enough to save the Dems, but it’ll still work to an extent.

Bobbertsan on April 29, 2010 at 10:35 AM

My son reported yesterday that his economics teacher showed a graph of the deficit and its rise under George Bush. That set the Obama supporters in the class to whooping and hollering… until he showed the graph of the skyrocketing deficit under Obama. Reportedly the room was silent after that.

obladioblada on April 29, 2010 at 10:35 AM

DNC Chair Tim Kaine insisted this week that Democrats will run on their record of accomplishment in this year’s midterm elections.

They lie about everything else, why not their record?

percysunshine on April 29, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Oh, and how excited we will all be when Puerto Rico and its millions of impoverished residents becomes a state and starts collecting Social Security and Medicare. Yeah!!! It will be so great.

andy85719 on April 29, 2010 at 10:36 AM

…democrats plan on running on the record the MSM “creates” for them…which has nothing to do with the facts or their actual record.

Baxter Greene on April 29, 2010 at 10:36 AM

My son reported yesterday that his economics teacher showed a graph of the deficit and its rise under George Bush. That set the Obama supporters in the class to whooping and hollering… until he showed the graph of the skyrocketing deficit under Obama. Reportedly the room was silent after that.

obladioblada on April 29, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Heh, what school was this at? Someone give that teacher a raise.

Doughboy on April 29, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Hardly anyone’s buying that spin.

Sure they are. Democrat politicians, with Obama leading he pack, go on TV and lie through their teeth and people believe every word. The media does nothing to challenge anything the Dems say, so it is the truth.

Never forget that when a liberal believes something to be true it is true.

Jaynie59 on April 29, 2010 at 10:38 AM

“At some point you have made enough money”

A friend of mine is a heavy equipment mechanic. It’s a killer job and he works a lot of overtime. He’s noticed what he is paying in income taxes and he is pissed.

Skandia Recluse on April 29, 2010 at 10:39 AM

100 seats or bust!

Rebar on April 29, 2010 at 10:42 AM

I’m really going to enjoy this fall, watching Democrats freaking out over their pending demise while the MSM scrambles to genetrate one bogus poll after another.

fogw on April 29, 2010 at 10:26 AM

… and while Obama lackeys are generating enough bogus votes to ensure Dem victory.

Midas on April 29, 2010 at 10:49 AM

One person is working harder than any other to take back the house and senate and he needs our help! Please check that out and donate just $5 if you can.

dnlchisholm on April 29, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Oh, and how excited we will all be when Puerto Rico and its millions of impoverished residents becomes a state and starts collecting Social Security and Medicare. Yeah!!! It will be so great.

andy85719 on April 29, 2010 at 10:36 AM

The US citizens of Puerto Rico already pay Social Security and Medicare taxes and are therefore eligible for benefits.

DarkCurrent on April 29, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Oh, well than we’ll just be adding more demorat voters to the rolls and two nice demorat senators.

andy85719 on April 29, 2010 at 10:56 AM

One person is working harder than any other to take back the house and senate and he needs our help! Please check that out and donate just $5 if you can.

dnlchisholm on April 29, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Are you joking?

Sarah Palin has been fighting 0bama since the start, Mitt has done nothing but kiss 0bama’s ass.

Not one dime to that self-serving phony RINO.

Rebar on April 29, 2010 at 10:58 AM

It’ hard to imagine that the public will buy that Pres. Bush is the culprit after two years with the only thing to show is double digit unemployment, huge deficits and no free health care as expected.

Cindy Munford on April 29, 2010 at 10:58 AM

He saved 8 million jobs when bailing out GM. It’s true. The entire auto industry was going to collapse. Without the UAW controlling 1/3 of GM and over 1/2 of Chrysler the auto industry would have collapsed. After all, the UAW has done so many good things for the auto industry in this country.

(This was part of an actual argument someone used to show how Obama has helped our economy. Overlook the idea that the 8 million jobs they speak of include Ford factories, Toyota factories, parts stores, supporting factories that would surely retool for different parts, etc. They actually believe the entire automotive industry would have collapsed. Evidently we would all have gone back to horse and buggies if not for Obama)

Don’t underestimate the power of stupidity. The Democratic Party’s base has it in abundance.

ButterflyDragon on April 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Do Dems have cognitive deficiencies? If they believe the economy is getting so much better, they must.

andy85719 on April 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Yes, let us all blame Bush. Our former disgraceful presidents, Carter and Clinton, instead of keeping their idiotic comments to themselves, and not showing their stupidity, keep on bashing Bush. The Democrats are doomed in 2010, and I pray very fervently that they run on their record. My major concern, however, is that our Socialist president will try to Rahm through amnesty for illegals. In my state of MA there are not enough conservatives running against the Dems, so us poor bastards are stuck with the status quo.

Big Nicholas on April 29, 2010 at 11:10 AM

I think Kaine means that they’re going to run on their record of blaming Bush for everything.

Pablo on April 29, 2010 at 11:10 AM

He saved 8 million jobs when bailing out GM. It’s true. The entire auto industry was going to collapse. Without the UAW controlling 1/3 of GM and over 1/2 of Chrysler the auto industry would have collapsed. After all, the UAW has done so many good things for the auto industry in this country.

Oh, really? How is it that Ford, the only US automaker NOT bailed out by the Government, made $2.5 billion in the 1st Quarter of 2010 and predicts INCREASING profits for the rest of the year?

With Obama and the Democrats proposing massive tax increases for next year, Republicans should run on THEIR record–extending the Bush tax cuts, then cutting spending and repealing ObamaCare!

Steve Z on April 29, 2010 at 12:13 PM

It’s time to consider a very, very bad scenario. The GOP takes both houses of Congress, but the Obama debt load grows and a Treasury auction comes within a hairsbreadth of failing. Congress sends the President a 15% spending cut, goring many Dem sacred cows. Obama refuses to sign it. The next Treasury auction DOES fail.

Is that grounds for Impeachment? And for impeachment of the Veep when HE refuses to sign it?

njcommuter on April 29, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Pfui, is what the voters have to say.

The stinkpots neet to be exterminated from office, and soon. Otherwise our entire country will end up a toilet.

Schadenfreude on April 29, 2010 at 12:16 PM

See Steny Hoyer’s op-ed in the WSJ yesterday for a preview of things to come.

Pablo Snooze on April 29, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Only inside the Beltway can they justify such nonsense as Tim Kaine asserts! Nothing new, just more people paying attention these days.

tomshup on April 29, 2010 at 12:59 PM

It’s time to consider a very, very bad scenario. The GOP takes both houses of Congress, but the Obama debt load grows and a Treasury auction comes within a hairsbreadth of failing. Congress sends the President a 15% spending cut, goring many Dem sacred cows. Obama refuses to sign it. The next Treasury auction DOES fail.

Is that grounds for Impeachment? And for impeachment of the Veep when HE refuses to sign it?

njcommuter on April 29, 2010 at 12:15 PM

I don’t see that as a bad scenario, frankly.

Vashta.Nerada on April 29, 2010 at 1:28 PM

According to Pew, that strategy borders on political suicide.

From your keyboard to God’s eyes.

Physics Geek on April 29, 2010 at 1:28 PM

The Dem Congress is working on their 4th year. Don’t let them forget it.

CWforFreedom on April 29, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Good Lt on April 29, 2010 at 10:16 AM

A little more ammo for ya.

Obama was in Congress in 2007

, he has been a US Senator since 2004.

For most of Bush 1st term the Dems controlled the Senate.

This time includes the EVILLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Bush tax cut

And

Use of force in Iraq

And

The Patriot act.

DSchoen on April 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM