Anyone with even a flimsy grasp of political science recognizes that President Obama’s re-election prospects likely will improve if the American economy improves as the year goes on.
The flip-side of that equation, then, is that Republican fortunes likely will improve if the economic recovery stalls.
This raises the question of whether GOP lawmakers will simply watch with barely disguised delight at any downward economic trend — or actively do what they can to make sure that happens.
Michael Tomasky has a THEORY in that regard:
Every out-party does a little discreet cheering for the economy to be weak. But the ...