Christian Schneider, resident scholar at "think tank" WPRI, scribbles 674 words packed with dubious history and analysis punctuated by this killer conclusion:
Basically, the GOP has to secretly root for unemployment to stay high for another year, in hopes of regaining control and making fundamental systematic changes that help unemployed workers in the long run. It appears that endless fruitless bailouts have fatigued voters, which may form a good platform on which the GOP to rebound.
The GOP is hoping short term pain brings long term gain. Let's hope it doesn't bloody Wisconsin's nose irreprably in the next twelve months.
You've heard it from the belly of the beast: The GOP is rooting for unemployment to stay high for another year.
Postscript: What does the Brawler mean by "dubious history and analysis"? Stuff like this:
In September of 2008, the John McCain presidential campaign was buoyed by a strong convention, briefly taking the lead in the polls over Barack Obama. Soon, however, the housing bubble burst, and McCain’s election chances went down the tubes along with the national economy.
It may not have penetrated the walls at the WPRI, but the economy was in recession for all of 2008 and the bursting of the housing bubble was old, old news by the time of the convention. The convention was "strong" only if you viewed "Drill Baby Drill" as a compelling political platform and if you thought selecting Sarah Palin as your veep was shrewd. McCain enjoyed, as everyone expected, a bounce after the convention but even at the time, if the Brawler recollects properly, there were big questions as to how sustainable it was going to be. Not very, as it turned out.