With approval ratings for the President and Ohio's Governor in the dumps, hopes are hinged on the strategy of pulling wool over the eyes of voters.
But if 1994 is any indication, it's way too late for that.
From the NRSC:
In the 1994 election cycle, unemployment actually dropped from 7.3 percent to 5.6 percent, yet the Democrats suffered enormous losses in both the House and Senate because voters had already made up their minds that they were unhappy with the direction of the country and even more unhappy with what they were seeing from Washington. Subsequently, the party in power paid the price. Fast forward 16 years later, unemployment now stands at 9.5 percent — almost four points higher than in 1994 — as we move towards the fall elections.One of the big problems for Democrats in '94? The voters' perceptions of the economic health of the nation had already been embedded in their minds, and drastically improved unemployment numbers didn't change a thing. What's the reality now? Just over a month ago 71% of Americans said the nation was still in a recession.
Now here we are with unemployment through the roof and no indication of any substantive improvement. In fact, in June alone, 650,000 people left the workforce. When these same people come back looking for work, they will be reinserted back into the formula that determines the unemployment rate and in turn, increase that rate until they find jobs.
The facts are these. It's too late for Democrats to convince voters that they successfully turned the economy around. And even if there was time, there is no data to prove them correct.
Here comes the tidal wave.