“Snap out of it, Dems.” — Eugene Robinson

political_partiesBy Pluto. Daily Kos

As a Washington Post subscriber, I’m pretty familiar with the writers. I read across the range from Right to Left, and I get all sorts of insights from both sides. Of course, the quality and tenor of the inspiration varies — ranging from weary face-plams to acceptance of fair points that challenge my biases. And, then there is the Left, which reports on-the-ground-realities, and then indulges in describing the surreal reactions and declarations coming from the Right.

My favorite writer these days is Eugene Robinson. He is a comfortable guy with a cozy manner. He is not particularly confrontational and rarely gets exercised over hot issues, which he effortlessly dismisses. Clearly unthreatened by the partisan chaos constantly churning with mad urgency, his approach is laid back, his perspective is long, relaxed, smart, and comforting.

His theme today was “Time for some happy talk from Democrats.” Says Robinson, despite Republican claims to the contrary, things are definitely looking up for Democrats. We ought to be spreading the news, he says, rather than reacting and fretting over Republic antics.

Friday’s announcement that unemployment fell to 6.3 percent was huge. The fact that the economy added 288,000 jobs in April — despite continued bad weather early in the month in parts of the country — suggests that the recovery has greater momentum than pessimists had feared. Economists were expecting decent numbers. These are great.

The stock market, meanwhile, is flirting with an all-time high.  . . . During President Obama’s term in office, the Dow has more than doubled.

eugene-robinsonIf President Obama is a socialist, says Robinson, he is truly a lousy one. Instead, he is a skillful capitalist who guided the economy out of its worst slump since the Great Depression. And he did it while saddled with the constant sabotage against the nation by the most useless and negligent Congress in American history.

Speaking of which, the Affordable Care Act — which is based, you’ll recall, on a framework developed in Republican think tanks — is clearly a success and may soon be seen as a triumph. More than 8 million people have signed up for insurance through the federal and state exchanges; Obama’s benchmark had been 7 million. Enough of these enrollees are young and healthy to ensure the program’s continued viability.

The disasters predicted by the Republican Party were all bogus. So much for the “death spiral.” It is now clear that nothing of the sort will happen. All their phoney stories about Obamacare failures proved to be lies and were thoroughly debunked.

Republicans will keep attacking Obamacare because it fires up the base, but the program is here to stay.

Robinson encourages Democrats to pull themselves together and use their achievements to campaign on. For example, he imagines an ad that goes:

“We promised you that these were the right policies to get the economy on track and reform health care. We said it would take time to see results and asked for patience. You gave us your trust, and now we’re seeing the benefits. This is just the beginning. Give us a mandate to keep moving forward on an agenda that is working.”

Would it hurt to show a little enthusiasm? he asks. He also proposes that Democrats ban the word “but” until after the mid-term elections.

Republicans are giving “but” a workout. Unemployment may be down to 6.3 percent, they say, but too many people are leaving the workforce.

The jobs numbers for April may look good, but we don’t know if this rate of growth can be sustained.

Enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act may be impressive, but have all those people actually paid their premiums?

Everything above is dishonest and based on phoney numbers that Republican’s cobble together to foster the notion that nothing is going well with Democrats in charge of the White House and the Senate.

When Democrats sound like the old “Saturday Night Live” character Debbie Downer — emphasizing what’s still ailing about the economy, promising to “fix what’s broken” in Obamacare — they reinforce the Republicans’ message rather than refute it .Listen up, Democrats. You fixed the economy. You expanded access to health care. Oh, and you ended two wars.

Snap out of it ;-)

Reprinted with permission from The Daily Kos.