Democratic politicians are not as stupid as they sound. Well, most of them aren’t. The Democrats know that raising taxes in the midst of a recession is economic suicide. And as close as we are to 2012 it would be political suicide as well. The dilemma they faced all year long was how to extend the Bush tax rates and blame it on Republicans with Democrats in control of the House, the Senate and the Presidency.
Obama tried. Obama failed. He said [Failing to make the deal] “in terms of macroeconomics, the overall health of the economy, that would have been a damaging thing.” The essence of his televised message was that he did the right thing for the American people and he did it because he was forced into it by the Republicans. His monologue was full of condemnation, long on banality and short on substance. He spoke repeatedly of fights, battles and debates, the familiar language of a community organizer.
But he didn’t blame George Bush. Perhaps he saw this poll.