“This is where we were then; this is where we are now.”

Those twelve words should, no, must be at the core of President Obama and the Democratic Party’s message and platform for this fall’s crucial midterm elections. It would be the equivalent of Ronald Reagan’s “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” from his 1980 campaign against Jimmy Carter in that it would starkly frame the difference between the Democratic and Republican visions for America.

Ronald Brownstein, one of the most respected political writers of our time, recently wrote in the National Journal that “If the economy produces jobs over the next eight months at the same pace as it did over the past four months, the nation will have created more jobs in 2010 alone than it did over the entire eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency.” I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.

Granted, Brownstein’s words probably ring a bit hollow if you’re still seeking meaningful employment. But, what he said cannot be discounted and it must be a part of every Democratic candidate’s message this summer and fall – Things are not perfect but they’re nowhere near as bad as they were when President Obama took the oath of office in January 20, 2009 and they’re nowhere near as bad as they would be if John McCain had won and he and Sarah Palin were running things with a Republican majority in both houses of Congress.


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