Sean Trende, in the process of explaining, gently, how the Democrats in general and Obama in particular could have gotten a second stimulus going.
If the Democrats could pass a massive health care bill that was opposed by a majority of the American people, that was perceived as increasing the deficit and that managed to touch just about every hot-button issue under the sun, from immigration to abortion, they could have passed another stimulus. They might have had to exempt Nebraska in order to do it, but they could have done it.
In fact, I think the pitch would have been pretty simple. Show congressmen and senators the Romer-Bernstein chart, as adapted by conservative bloggers. Note that the dots were well above the worst-case scenario before the stimulus went into effect. And convey to them that, without more stimulus spending, those dots were going to remain above that worst-case scenario line well past the November midterms and that their opponents would be featuring this chart non-stop in 30-second ads beginning in September of 2010.
…and the fact that I happen to have multiple versions of it in my media library for this site should tell you everything you need to know about whether Sean’s correct about how likely we were to reference it. But if you need more clarity… yeah, we would have used it. Especially given that we did pretty much use said graph to make the 2011 Democratic House caucus look like it had suffered an outbreak of cholera.
Not to brag, or anything.