There's "Hell yes," and then there's an equally aggressive answer to the "Are you better off?" question, which Barney Frank bestowed on CNN last night, although Erin Burnett didn't exactly ask the question:
George Bush came to us on the Democratic side in late '08 and said, we're in a crisis, we need your help--and we gave it to him, very openly, very fully. Then Obama comes in to try to deal with the terrible situation he inherited from Bush and the Republican media went into full partisan attack.... The Republicans weren't prepared to be cooperative no matter what.
For average Americans, what the Obama administration has accomplished economically--private-sector job growth, an 11-point turnaround in GDP, an upswing in real wages, a doubling of the Dow, the rescue of millions of auto-industry jobs--is nothing short of extraordinary, especially when considered in the unfolding context of the Great Recession's afterwash and a hostile, bomb-throwing, monkey-wrenching, utterly disloyal congressional opposition.
Even sharp-tongued Frank understated his indictment: "Republicans weren't prepared to be cooperative." Indeed, as emerging histories of the early Obama administration have revealed--histories that stand uncontroverted by any Republican denials--the once Grand Old Party slammed into partisan hyperdrive and conspired to sabotage America's recovery.
All to destroy one man.
I don't know how Republicans live with themselves. I really don't. But then again, I can't crawl inside their minds, since I've never been diagnosed with sociopathy.