CLINTON CALLS FOR MORE TIME…. Sam Seder came upon an important realization yesterday: “Now we know — it takes 8 years of GOP control to totally f**k up our economy and only 18 months to blame Dems for it.”

As it turns out, just a few hours later, former President Bill Clinton campaigned for Rep. Mike McMahon (D-N.Y.) yesterday, and emphasized a similar point: Dems just need more time to clean up the mess Republicans left behind.

“The Republicans say you have to throw all the Democrats out because of the economy,” Clinton told a crowd of 1,600 at Wagner College. “We knew we could not get out of the hole in 21 months.” […]

McMahon’s Republican challengers may criticize him for supporting President Obama’s economic stimulus package, Clinton said, but the bill “gave money to state and local governments so they wouldn’t have to lay off a million teachers and health care workers or turn around and raise taxes on you to keep them working, which would have been a disaster in this economy.”

Clinton cautioned against a repeat of the years after he left the White House, when Republicans turned his budget surplus into the biggest deficit in the nation’s history.

“We can’t let them do it again,” Clinton railed.

“We need individuals who think and do what’s right for you,” he added. “You’ve got to have people who think, not ideologues. Republicans are utterly impervious to evidence.”

The message has the added benefit of being true — if Dems had more time, they might have more success addressing the disasters they inherited from Republicans — but it seems unlikely to resonate. Voters seem to have very short memories, and are more than a little impatient. If that means rewarding the party that created our current predicaments, and which fought tooth and nail for 21 months to prevent things from getting better, so be it.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.