Washington state’s jobs numbers rebounded in January showing the biggest one-month gain in nearly three years, and many economists are now predicting Washington to lead the nation in jobs growth throughout the year.
Good news for workers. But if these projections hold up, and if our economy shows significant signs of recovery over the next eight months, and if Democrats nationally manage to get voters to give them a little credit for the stimulus packages they pushed through in the face of unified Republican opposition, that can’t be good news for the GOP’s prospects come November, can it?
Of course, those are a handful of huge “ifs.” One month’s uptick does not a recovery make, and unemployment levels are predicted to remain at generational highs, even as our economy pulls well out of recession. And of course, relying on the Democrats to effectively message their successes is like relying on France to successfully defend its border with Germany. But still, it does illustrate a larger point: for a party that relies primarily on fear and anger to motivate its base and gain traction with independents, good economic news is bad news for the GOP.