Pessimism Isn’t Catching On

I heard Romney surrogate John Sununu—one of the grumpiest, most unpleasant human beings now breathing—say this morning that the American economy was appallingly and terrifyingly awful and, of course, it’s Barack Obama’s fault.

Then I picked up the paper and I read these these two ledes from the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — A jump in the stock market and rising home prices are bringing Americans closer to regaining the wealth they lost in the recession.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is showing signs of finally bottoming out: Americans are on the move again after record numbers had stayed put, more young adults are leaving their parents’ homes to take a chance with college or the job market, once-sharp declines in births are leveling off and poverty is slowing.

This ain’t exactly Happy Days Are Here Again news, but it is good news and may indicate why it is that the Party of Pessimism is not attracting a majority of voters.

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  1. Damnit…..Republicans just can’t get reality to follow their narrative.


  2. Since Romney’s strategy for the economy is the same as his strategy for Middle East peace, i.e. hunker down and wait for something to happen, one need only imagine those headlines delayed four or five months, a Romney victory in November, and Sununu would be saying “See, I told you so!”


    • I have seen that phenomenon many times, as a dedicated Rush Limbaugh listener. He used to rag on The New York Times and the “drive-by media” for downplaying the economy under Bush and now rags on them for not properly downplaying the economy under Obama.


  3. “Happy Days Are Here Again” was actually written to show optimism, not because happy days were actually back. At that time, Republicans booed and belittled the recovery, just as they’re doing now. Deja vu all over again.


  4. RDG,

    I suspect the Romney campaign is finding it difficult to hire campaign surrogates who still have hopes for a career in politics after the election.

    You know things are bad when Herman Cain is telling anyone who will listen that he is the better candidate. Maybe he’s right — if one is willing to overlook the sexual harassment charges, his 9-9-9 tax plan (later revised to a simpler 9-0-2-1-0) and a foreign policy menu that includes offering “Uzbeki-beki-beki-stan-stan” two-for-one deals on deep dish pizza. I haven’t read if God has personally suggested Michele Bachmann chime in with similar sentiments. But then God could be too preoccupied trying to figure out how the planet Kolob escaped His celestial radar screen.


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