It was a good run for the Democrats, but all things must come to an end some day. I know, I know: it's downright horrible for the American people to start expecting the political party that's held Congress since 2006 and the White House since 2008 to actually take personal responsibility for the bad things happening to the economy. But the Democrats will have to live with it, as the American people have started to assign more responsibility to Obama for the current economy than to Bush - at least, the Republican and Independent sections of the American people have, which is really the important thing these days.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters now think Obama’s policies are to blame for the continuing bad economy, up three points from last month. Forty-seven percent (47%) say the recession that began under Bush is at fault.
There are, of course, many hidden victims here of this betrayal of the Democratic party by the people of the United States. No, really. I mean, think of all of those soon-to-be Democratic former Congressmen who have to hope that the lobbying industry can handle the sudden influx of new glad-handlers, parasites, and influence-peddlers that comes from a Congressional readjustment! For that matter, think of those poor, poor staffers who next January will be facing the specter of having no job and no prospect of getting one - and in one of the more expensive metropolitan areas, to boot. Some of them may even have to move back in with their parents.
In truth, I am somewhat surprised that things ended this quickly. The standard operating procedure for the Democrats is that the last Republican President acts as their designated devil figure until such time as the next Republican President takes office: that's why Ronald Reagan went from a diabolical idiot savant in 1988 political discourse to the revered elder statesman of fond memory that Obama looked up to in 2008 campaign commercials, and how George Bush the Elder went from That Guy Who Lied Us Into A War With Iraq For Oil in 1993 to the wise elder statesman who knew better than his son, That Guy Who Lied Us Into A War With Iraq For Oil in 2003. It's in the best interests of the Democrats to not have things go so south for their current ruling majority, so quickly. So what happened?
Oh, right, the President's a purblind incompetent when it comes to actual politics. I forgot.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.