While I was stunned to go to Brother Benen’s site today and see that he’s taking a brief holiday break from news-cycle blogging, I did as usual find a leftover nugget from before Xmas: his recording of crickets from Republicans about the positive economic indicators that have been popping up of late:

For those hoping to see the American economy succeed, there are a lot of reasons to smile this morning. Economic growth is at an 11-year high. Job growth is at a 15-year high. The stock market is soaring. Wages are rising. Gas prices are plummeting. American manufacturing is improving. The uninsured rate is dropping.

President Obama is boasting about “America’s resurgence,” and in a twist, the public may be starting to believe him.

And this got me thinking: what’s the Republican response to all of this?

As we discussed earlier, GOP officials have been heavily invested in a simple proposition: the combination of the Affordable Care Act, federal regulations, Dodd-Frank reforms, and higher taxes approved last year are a brutal “wet blanket” on economic growth. Obama’s entire agenda has been a disaster for the economy, they argue, and if we want conditions to improve, we’ll have to do the exact opposite of what the White House has done.

So, what’s the Republican reaction to the latest GDP numbers, for example?


Note, I don’t mean “nothing” in a colloquial sense, as if they issued press releases that struck me as vapid and meaningless. Rather, I mean “nothing” in a literal sense. I went to the homepages for John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, the RNC, the NRSC, the NRCC, and the RGA. Collectively, they didn’t publish a single word about the striking economic growth.

So, I moved on to Twitter, checking the feeds for Boehner, McConnell, Reince Priebus, the RNC, the NRSC, the NRCC, and the RGA. Again, literally nothing.

Sure, it’s a couple of days before Christmas, so it’s easy to imagine a lot of staffers are away from the office today, but here’s the thing: Republicans are publishing on other topics of interest. They’re just choosing to ignore the strongest economic growth in 11 years.

He goes on to note that Republican reluctance to admit a positive development of the Obama Era is in this case compounded by the GOP’s own cluelessness about economic policy, other than the usual let’s-do-less-and-let-the-job-creators-take-care-of-us prescription. That’s only marginally persuasive when everything’s going bad. So it’s no surprise good news is not welcome.

Ed Kilgore

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.