In a fit of wishful thinking that would make Tinkerbell blush, columnist E. Thomas McClanahan claims that Obama’s popularity has peaked and the Republicans are on the rebound (3/29, Opinion, “Obama’s big-government express is losing steam”).
We shouldn’t underestimate the well-documented ability of Democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Right now, though, Republican popularity is dropping faster than the economy, and there is no end in sight. The Republicans are in a free fall because their message — less government — conflicts with the public’s perception that this economic disaster was caused by lax government regulation. McClanahan’s intellectual ancestors wrote in 1933 criticizing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s massive government spending plans, and they were just as wrong then as McClanahan is today.
If Republicans insist on promoting solutions from the Herbert Hoover School of Economics, they’ll be rewarded in 2012 when they win as many states as Alf Landon did in 1936.