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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 09:36 AM

The Morning Plum: The great rewrite

The Morning Plum: The great rewrite

By Greg Sargent

There is probably no political goal more central to the GOP’s chances of winning the presidency than persuading the American people to forget just how deep and severe an economic crisis Obama inherited upon taking office.

Mitt Romney has been busily trying to bring about mass public amnesia on this point ever since the good news about the economy foiled his initial rationale for running. And today Karl Rove, in a column attacking Obama’s campaign documentary, launches one of the most ambitious efforts yet to rewrite the history of the past five years:

Mr. Obama has spent three years wallowing in blame. His culprits have ranged from his predecessor, to tsunamis and earthquakes, to ATMs, to Fox News, to yours truly. If you Google “Obama, Blame, Bush” and “Obama, Inherited,” you’ll get tens of millions of hits.

As for inheriting the worst economy since the Great Depression: Perhaps Mr. Obama has forgotten the Carter presidency, which featured double-digit inflation, double-digit interest rates, and high unemployment.

Rove is probably not the best messenger for this argument, given his central role in the presidency that presided over, yes, the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. But the fact that he’s straining so hard to make this case is telling.

Minimizing the magnitude of the mess that was dumped in Obama’s lap is absolutely central to the GOP’s whole case against Obama’s economic record. Before long virtually every major Republican and conservative voice will be full-throatedly chanting in unison from the same sheet music.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/the-morning-plum-the-great-rewrite/2012/03/22/gIQA9BLXTS_blog.html


The Republicans are dreading that the economy is improving: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002454802

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:16 AM

1. Kick because

Republicans agree the economy is getting better!

Remember when they blamed the bad economy on President Obama?

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Response to ProSense (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:46 AM

4. I'd just like to say....

Back in 2008, before Obama was elected, the economy was bleeding red.

Now, the economy is in the black. The bleeding red is behind us.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:18 AM

2. k&r...

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:31 AM

3. Can you cross post this on the BOG?

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Response to freshwest (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 12:19 PM

5. Hi

Please feel free to post this there. I'd appreciate it. Thanks.

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