“Not only are they running away from Obama, they’re running away from being Democrats”

So says Nancy Cordes, a CBS correspondent.  She adds:

In some races you actually see the Democratic candidates not really mentioning that they’re a Democrat in their campaign ads.

What was that line a few years ago, that Republicans should just give up and “moderate” themselves further because we’d witnessed history yada yada and hopenchange yada yada?

What sage advice, eh?

Back to panic at the WH.  No, it’s not over terrorist threats, rogue nations, or the economy.  It’s because they might lose an election. 

Smith asked his guests to try to identify the source of the discontent: “From your experience on the Hill, have you heard any Democrats in private conversations say, ‘You know what? We went down the wrong road. We went after health care. We went after so many other things on the Obama agenda as opposed to, in the end of the day, it’s all about creating jobs?'”

“Not only have we heard that, but we’ve been hearing it for months,” said Cordes. “We heard it during the health care debate that dragged on for a year when the economy was so bad; they focused on health care and they focused on financial regulation.

“Americans don’t feel the impact of those pieces of legislation yet,” she said. “There’s a lot of frustration on Capitol Hill among Democrats who feel like the President led them down this path. They didn’t all necessarily want to deal with health care. This was on the president’s agenda, and then they felt like he kind of hung them out to dry.”

Not a single Democrat has run an ad in support of the health care bill since April,” VandeHei noted.

Suffer the fools who govern against the will of the people.

And the Democrats own the failed economy for better or worse.  The LA Times paints a dismal picture:

For the U.S. labor market to regain all the jobs it had when the recession started in December 2007, employers would need to boost their payrolls by 7.6 million positions. That figure doesn’t include the roughly 125,000 jobs a month the country must create just to keep up with new entrants into the labor force.

To get the national unemployment rate back to 5%, where it was before the downturn, would require the economy to generate about 17 million jobs — or about 285,000 a month for five straight years — according to Heidi Shierholz, a labor economist at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington.

To appreciate the enormity of that employment hole, consider that U.S. employers have shed 283,000 jobs since May. 

[…] “It’s going to take a long time to get back,” economist Shierholz said. The nation is looking at “eight or nine years of elevated unemployment, and we just haven’t seen anything like that.”

Of course, to some, what’s the real problem in this joblessness?  A lack of benefits.  (Seriously?!)

The U.S. safety net wasn’t designed to withstand such a strain. The extent and duration of unemployment benefits vary by state, but 26 weeks is typical. Several federal extensions have increased that to 99 weeks in California and other hard-hit states. Even so, an estimated 3.5 million Americans will have run out of benefits by the end of the year. About 180,000 Californians have already fallen off the rolls.

There are few other places to turn. Applications for federal food stamps and state programs such as CalWorks, which provides temporary assistance to families with children, are up sharply in recent years. But because asset limits for applicants are so strict, many of the unemployed don’t qualify.

[…]”The U.S. is clearly not equipped to deal with this high level of unemployment,” Sharone said. “People are running out of benefits, health insurance, retirement and pensions.”

The silver lining?  People aren’t waiting for government to offer more convoluted solutions.

Many are turning to traditional networks of family and friends.

Dear me, what could be worse than self-reliance?  Oh yea, voting Democrat.


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