Democrats these days often charge that congressional Republicans are content to let the economy languish because they believe it will help defeat President Obama in 2012. So it was notable to hear National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn bluntly state last week that as far as the 2012 election goes, the economy is an issue for Democrats.
"What we experienced in the last administration is usually most of the ire is directed at the president," Cornyn said. "And so I think actually, I am sorry our country is not doing well, [but] from a political standpoint I think it's a problem for the president and his party."
"I think the president owns the economy and I think he owns the political problems associated with it," Cornyn added.
Cornyn was responding to my question about the effects of a bad economy and low congressional approval numbers on the 2012 Senate races. The quote is a partly included in a [subscriber] story in the National Journal magazine out this week, on the minimal effect those factors will have on Senate Republicans' disinclination to cooperate with Democrats.