You know what the Democratic Party is missing? Hack economists (or pseudo-economists) that go around talking about how terrific the president's program has been, and how Gadzooks the economy sure is growing now. I seem to remember plenty of Republican hack economists who spent at least the first half of 2008 denying that a recession had started...where are the Democratic hack economists cherry-picking numbers to point out how terrific things are now? The most prominent Democratic pundits on the economy -- people such as Paul Krugman and Robert Reich -- certainly don't hesitate to remind people about how terrible they think Bush was, but they also are clearly pessimists about the economy right now. I'm not saying that I agree or disagree, but just that I find it odd. I don't think it's true across all issue areas. On foreign policy, for example, I think there are plenty of people eager to talk about how much safer the world is now that Bush/Cheney have been replaced by Obama/Sanity. But on the economy, I'd guess there was a fairly large difference between liberals and conservatives over 2001-2008 in descriptions of current conditions, but that now liberal and conservative public economists basically agree on current conditions (although they disagree as much as ever about who is to blame, and what policies would help).
I'm definitely not saying it makes a big difference -- if I recall correctly, polling revealed that lots of people believed the economy was in recession in 2002 and 2003, during a period in which the economy grew and added jobs, but at a relatively slow pace, and during which Republican hack economists emphasized good news, not bad. I'm more curious about the dynamic -- why hasn't any liberal-leading economist seen a market gap here and moved to fill it?