In every poll I’ve seen, hefty majorities approve of President Obama’s economic performance. Approval numbers for congressional Republicans remain dismal.Again with the "we" -- as if he and John Boehner and Tom Coburn are sitting around plotting Republican strategy. But the real problem with Frum's argument is something I pointed out Sunday: Opinion-poll numbers in February 2009 don't mean zip if what you are "popular" for is passing a neo-Keynesian stimulus that won't work.
If we’re to make progress in 2010, we have to look serious. This week we looked not only irrelevant, but clueless and silly.
Ross Douthat echoes Frum, pining to see Republicans "articulating an actual alternative to Obamanomics." But why should they propose an "alternative" that can't possibly be voted into action given the current overwhelming majority? At this point, Boehner should just tell Ron Paul to keep denouncing central planning and Keynesianism, and let the main GOP message on economics be one of repeated warning: The Obama/Pelosi/Reid plan is leading the U.S. economy into a fiscal trap.
Trying to "win" news cycles in February 2009 is not what the Republican Party needs to be worried about. Let's see what the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the inflation rate and the unemployment rate are on Labor Day 2010 before deciding who looks "serious" and who looks "silly."
More blog reactions at Memeorandum. UPDATE: Kathy Shaidle once again reminds us that not all Canadians are evil. And hey, a dead-cat bounce in congressional approval ratings! Wonder what that means?
UPDATE II: Linked at Conservative Grapevine.