Forgotten, But Not Gone

Shocker:  running against politicians who have left office is not a very effective electoral strategy.

There goes the secret Republican platform they were going to unveil in the SOTU response:  Jimmy Carter screwed up the Iranian hostage crisis, and he looks funny in a cardigan, too.

On a serious note, Democrats can't quite get over the fact that this did, actually used to work.  Republicans successfully ran against Democrats based on the Civil War for a few decades, and Democrats were able to enjoy similar hegemony as a result of the Great Depression.

But things didn't get quite that bad.  And Obama has presided over quite a bit of the getting-bad part.  That means Democrats are actually going to have to do something worth re-election.