My weekly column at TPMCafe expands on what I’ve been saying here about the Schumer Critique of Democrats for allegedly self-destructing by enacting the Affordable Care Act of 2010 instead of issuing magical incantations about the economy.

I did add one thought that may be worth dwelling on: the transition to the 2016 cycle not only means a different “audience” for political messaging (the larger presidential electorate), but also creates an environment where it will be easier–not easy, mind you, but easier–for Democrats to create a debate about the “two futures” the parties offer for the country instead of waging an uphill “referendum” over life under the Obama administration. In that context, kvetching over decisions made in 2009 to pursue this rather than that agenda become more of a distraction than anything else, unless you think Democrats should take a dive and join with the GOP in destroying Obamacare.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.