Right here, on The Hill's Pundits Blog, in recent hours, consider this: One Republican, Cheri Jacobus, looks like she can barely contain her glee as more Americans lose jobs while she yearns for the glory days of yesteryear, when Republicans attacked Bill Clinton over sex. Another, John Feehery, looks like he does math with a calculator about how many jobless elect how many Republicans.
Meanwhile, a third, Ron Christie, appears to be questioning the president's patriotism when he says, inexplicably and falsely, that the president does not sufficiently proclaim his admiration for those who served during the Cold War. Excuse me? The president pushes more support for veterans than the Bush administration. I suppose when previous attacks on Obama from this source, such as the "Messiah" attack and the Muslim-roots attack, failed, why not try patriotism again?
Perhaps Ron would applaud if the president stood on an aircraft carrier costumed in a "Top Gun" flight suit, right?
It is odd that Republicans yearn for yesteryear, the campaign tactics of Gingrich and Rove and the economic policies of Bush and Cheney, and do so with an almost gleeful joy when bad news happens to good Americans. Imagine if unemployment reaches 10 percent. Will they chant, "Yippie!"? And shout, "Yabadabadoo"? Will they roar, "Hooray, let's bring back the Bush years"?
Don't get me wrong. I am critical of certain Obama policies on the economy (in my opinion, more cogently than my Republican friends). And I try to offer concrete solutions. I have warned both parties that if this continues, there could be an anti-incumbent wave in 2010, in which the party that rules, and the Party of No, both lose members.
But would someone point out a solution offered in these Republican hee-haws about higher joblessness? More Bush policies?
Meanwhile, a little advice to my Republican friends: Don't look so gleeful, so happy, so joyous when bad things happen to good people in the American heartland. Keep it up, and the only glory days Republicans will return to will be more elections like 2006 and 2008.
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