The political and policy logic of Ken Blackwell that Ali Frick flags here is too convoluted to make sense of. But it probably is true that the Democratic Party’s electoral fortunes in 2010 and 2012 are strongly tied to whether or not the economy rebounds. Under the circumstances, blocking an effective stimulus program could be a political winner for the opposition party. It’s possible of course that the blockers rather than the blocked would wind up getting the blame, but history suggests otherwise.
When Bill Clinton failed to deliver on his promise of health care reform, this was taken as a sign that his presidency was “failing” not that congressional opposition was blocking needed measures.