This. Just this.


Kevin Drum:

Honest, to God, stuff like this just makes me want to scream. Why do Democrats panic so badly whenever they lose an election? Why run to the nearest reporter to spout idiocies about Obama not feeling middle class pain or not being an extrovert like Bill Clinton? Bill Clinton! For chrissake, I like and defend the guy, but he was an extrovert who felt people’s pain and he lost 54 seats in the 1994 midterm. No one cared if he felt their pain. Likewise, no one cares if Obama feels their pain. They want jobs, not pursed lips and moist eyes.

This is it exactly. The Democrats lost big this cycle because – this may be a surprise – the economy is really, really bad. If they fix the economy over the next two years, Obama will win in 2012 in a landslide. If they don’t, he’ll lose.

That doesn’t mean that Obama is perfect as president, nor that he’s beyond criticism. But the idea that Obama is the main problem facing Democrats is utterly ludicrous. The main problem facing Democrats? It’s the economy, stupid. Fix it, and 2012 will be a lot better for us than 2010. Don’t fix it, and it won’t. It’s that simple.