Instapundit notes this NYT article:
Republican candidates do not seem to be getting any traction from the glowing economic statistics with midterm elections just two weeks away.
The economy is virtually nowhere to be found among the campaign ads of embattled Republican incumbents fighting to hold onto their House or Senate seats. Nor is it showing up as a strong weapon in the arsenal of Republican governors defending their jobs from Democrats.
“I don’t know of another election cycle in which the economy was so good, yet the election prospects for the incumbent party looked so bad,” said Frank Luntz, a Republican strategist.
If they aren’t trumpeting this, they’re idiots. (Well, many of them appear to be idiots whether they trumpet this or not. But you know what I mean.)
I’ve been noting that employment numbers, the stock market, and other economic indicators look quite good but get little attention. At first I simply blamed the media, which I still do, but most lately I’ve been confused about why Republicans aren’t making a bigger deal out of the improved economy. Though told that they are and it’s just that no one is listening, I haven’t seen it at all. I also wondered if the media may, still, be partly to blame for ignoring any trumpeting that might be going on, and Captain Ed wonders the same thing.
Though a staunch Conservative, if the GOP gets swept out of office in a few weeks, I won’t be shedding many tears. I have been basically unimpressed with the work done (or not done, as the case often is) over the past few years. Their seeming failure to capitalize on the economic situation just underscores how ineffective they have been.
On the other hand, as I said to a co-worker in conversation the other day, if this is what we get with “my side” in control, how much worse will I think things are when the other side is running things? The cynic in my says that I might not even notice the difference, but I fear that the difference will be, in fact, quite noticeable. And not because it’s an improvement.
Luckily, I’m not nearly as convinced as many seem to be that the Dems are going to chalk up a resounding victory next month.