Democrats Can’t Escape Thriving Economy

I had to chuckle when I got a Majority Matters press release entitled, DEMOCRATS CAN’T ESCAPE THRIVING ECONOMY, ROBUST JOB CREATION from Rep. John Boehner’s office. The money ‘graph:

Try as they might, Democrats can’t escape the fact that a booming economy created 211,000 new jobs last month – the same economy that has lowered unemployment to 4.7 percent (below the average of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s). And this economy isn’t just producing more jobs, it’s producing good-paying jobs, as highlighted by a recent Christian Science Monitor story. [emphases original]

Given the long running trend in polling numbers, the Democrats sure seem to have escaped just fine:

RealClear Politics Polling Summary 4/14/06

Or else I’d really hate to see how the Republicans would be doing if they weren’t propped up by these great job numbers.

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  1. Steve Verdon says:

    Great job numbers…more like mediocre. Now 311,000 that would be some great job numbers. Oh and make it consistently in that neighborhood.

  2. Christopher says:

    As soon as President Bush starts bringing home some of the troops this summer, his and other republicans “popularity” will go up. I’d never call any of the American electorate stupid, but by God they are fickle!

    Plus a number of factors the polls don’t take in: republicans vote at a much higher rate than dems; they have a more motivated base; they have a “hidden” base of religious voters; oh-and they are smarter than dems so they see through the biased media.

    Make no mistake-the media is biased. The nets, plus all cable except Fox (& while not liberal, they aren’t conservative either), plus nearly all major metropolitan newspapers are very biased. Not hard to spot: just look at what they choose to cover (quagmire!) or not cover (low unemployment).

  3. Herb says:

    It makes no difference how the economy is doing or the number of jobs created, the average American will judge the performance of the Republicans by how much they are paying for a gallon of gasoline. Right now, the people are blaming Bush for the high cost of gasoline and the oil companies for ripping them off. All other arguments, facts and spin mean nothing to the guy filling his tank up and paying 50 plus dollars for the fill-up.

  4. Christopher says:

    Wow, Herb, what color is the sun in your world of Black and White?

    I will note that Bil Clinton released the nation’s strategic gasoline reserve in 1996 to bolster his re-election chances by lowering the price of gasoline, something Bush has never done.

    But in any event, why was there no significant increase in Bush’s popularity as gas prices came tumbling down last?

    Maybe if what you said we substituted “gas prices” for “soldiers in Iraq”.

  5. floyd says:

    refreshing perspective; looks like all federal politicians are held in low esteem at the moment. which paper or network reported this while bashing bush?

  6. Herb says:

    Gosh Christopher,

    When did the gas prices “Go tumbling down”?

    And for your info, everyone feels the gasoline price increases and for many, they are now a very large chunk out of their budgets. Maybe you are one of those who is not effected by the increased price of gasoline, but then again if you are, you are one of the fortunate. For many more Americans, they feel the increases and they will take this feeling out on Bush because they associate Bush with “Big Oil” Right or wrong, that’s the way it is.