It wasn’t too long ago that the president and the liberal media cheerleaders were lambasting the Republicans as the “Party of No.” The voters would punish them for obstructionism, we were told. Republicans would regret not jumping on the Obama bandwagon, the Democrats decried.
But six months into the Obama administration, “No” is looking like a winning message.
The results of the Democrats’ stimulus package are plain. We have 9.5 percent unemployment nationally and fifteen states suffer from double-digit unemployment. In Michigan an astounding 15.2 percent are jobless.
Fred Barnes reminds us that the crowd who declared they “won” and didn’t need to incorporate Republicans ideas to jump-start the economy is now suffering the consequences of a stark and undeniable policy failure:
[Obama] made a rookie mistake early on. He let congressional Democrats draft the bills. They’re as partisan as any group that has ever controlled Congress, and as impatient. They have little interest in the compromises needed to attract Republican support. As a consequence, what they passed — especially the $787 billion stimulus — belongs to Democrats alone. They own the stimulus outright.
That makes them accountable for the hopes of a prompt economic recovery now being dashed. With the economy still faltering and jobs still being lost, Mr. Obama’s credibility is sinking and his job approval rating is declining along with the popularity of his initiatives. Republicans, who had insisted the stimulus was wasteful and wouldn’t work, are being vindicated.
The political fallout that mattered most, however, has been among Democrats in the House who will face tough re-election fights next year. They’re in a state of near-panic over the lingering recession. Their confidence in Mr. Obama is fading, and they no longer believe in quickly passing the president’s agenda. Cap and trade has been put off until the fall and health-care reform is starting to stall.