The Rajun Cajun, James Carville made famous the quip, “It’s the economy, stupid !” Well some eighteen years later, Carville’s quip may come back to bite the ‘Rats as the Obama economy continues to flounder.
However, inspired by Carville, I suggest a new phrase: “It is your policies, stupid!”
George Will, Washington Post :
They cannot run on their record, which has two pillars. One is the stimulus that did not stimulate as they said it would (or else unemployment would not be above 8 percent). The report that the recession ended in June 2009 means the feeble recovery began before stimulus spending really started.
The second pillar is the health-care legislation. This may not be (as suggested by Michael Barone, author of the Almanac of American Politics) the most unpopular major legislation since the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. But it remains as unpopular as it was when the administration told Americans to pipe down and eat their broccoli.
And Victor Davis Hanson, RCP :
When America votes for a liberal candidate, it is redeemed by the left as intelligent — and derided as dense when it does not. We were told not to worry that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner did not pay all his income taxes since we were lucky to have someone so well educated and experienced in high finance.
Note that few Democratic candidates are running on the health-care bill they passed, promising at the time that it would be appreciated by a suspicious American public. More federal borrowing and amnesty are still pushed under the euphemisms “stimulus” and “comprehensive immigration reform.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that the tea party movement was merely a synthetic Astroturf movement. Professors and preachers may like such sermonizing, but for politicians it’s a lousy way to get elected. Again, compare the relative fates of the patronizing Adlai Stevenson and the plain-speaking Harry Truman.
You might care to argue that Barack Hussein Obama has somehow has above room temperature intelligence. Good luck with that argument. What can not be argued is that Obama, and his administration, does not listen.