The Republicans had an awful mid-term election in 1982 and Ronald Reagan cruised to a historic landslide two years later in 1984. A rebounding economy was a huge factor in the change. Is something even remotely similar going to happen with Barack Obama in 2012? Here’s a really important chart showing the similarities and differences between the economic trajectory during the two periods. Take a look.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.