I know we're getting ahead of ourselves, but I want to reach across the aisle and offer some helpful suggestions for the Democratic platform in 2012.
The economy is likely to be stuck in stagnation, if not stagflation, so what will be critical will be acknowledging the problems, but attributing them to the prior eight years of GOP rule.
How 'bout this?
"After nearly four years in office, we Democrats have not solved all of America's problems.
Most of these problems we inherited. Eight years of Republican politics left this nation weak, rudderless, unrespected and deeply divided.
As a result of this legacy, despite our progress, inflation still erodes the standard of living of every American.
As a result of this legacy, despite our progress, too many Americans are out of work.
As a result of this legacy, despite our progress, complete equality for all citizens has yet to be achieved.
As a result of this legacy, despite our progress, we still live in a very dangerous world, where competing ideologies and age-old animosities daily threaten the peace.
As a result of this legacy, our nation is still subject to the oil pricing and production decisions of foreign countries.
We will not run from these problems, nor will we fail. The record of the past four years is a testament to what the Democrats can do working together."
Blaming Bush in 2012 might work, well, or maybe these words will be as effective as they were in 1980!