Monday, October 23, 2006

Good News for Democrats

Apparently the White House continues to stubbornly believe that claiming credit for the state of the US economy is actually going to help them in the coming election. From the AP:
WASHINGTON - With his party facing a difficult midterm election,
President Bush is focusing on the positive this week: a growing economy he is using to try to persuade voters to keep Republicans in power in Congress. [sic]

...Overall, the economy grew at a 2.6 percent pace from April through June, compared with a 5.6 percent pace over the first three months of the year, which was the strongest spurt in 2 1/2 years. Still, voters remain uneasy even though gasoline prices have started dropping, the stock market is hitting record highs, and interest rates on credit cards and adjustable mortgages are leveling off.

...White House political director Sara Taylor said that the economy is a key issue in about two dozen House races... "It's going to have an important impact on certain races around the country," Taylor said. "I think it's an important issue that's not getting a ton of attention."
If the White House suceeds in directing more attention to this issue, then the Democrats are in good shape. Stories like this make me believe that perhaps the Democrats really are going to have a successful election, after all...

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