Failed Talking Point

“FDR managed to get re-elected in 1936 despite no appreciable improvement in economic conditions.”

Respond with…

“In fact, history records that the U.S. economy grew by an average of 13 percent each year during FDR’s first term, while unemployment dropped at a rate of four percent a year. If President Obama could pull that off-somewhere between highly unlikely and downright impossible-he might do almost as well in 2012 as FDR did in 1936, when Republican nominee Alf Landon won exactly two states.”

-Gene Lyons