Wednesday, December 08, 2010

The first step is admitting you have a problem

Charlie Cook (often described as the "respected Charlie Cook") advises the Democrats to realize that they have a problem and that they won't regain the confidence of the American people to be trusted with the keys to that car that Obama is fond of talking about. Sure the public is still suspicious of the Republicans, but the faults of the Democrats loom much larger today.
Americans see Democrats as having failed in their stewardship of the economy. A recession grew worse, unemployment soared, and Democrats seem to have checked the box and moved on to issues nearer and dearer to their hearts.

For some reason, climate change legislation and health care seemed to be more important than sticking to a focus on the economy through 2009 and into 2010. It might be a while before voters forgive the president and the remaining Democrats in Congress for that.
If the House Republicans come in and make it clear that they have learned from past Republican mistakes while the Democrats continue to be like the Bourbons, having, as Talleyrand supposedly said, "learned nothing and forgotten nothing," then the Democrats are going to continue to face difficulties at the polls. The first step is admitting you have a problem. The Democrats don't seem to have learned that lesson - just look at Harry Reid's agenda for the next few weeks.