Democrats Realize Good Fortune May be Fleeting

Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 11:27 AM

By Dan Weil

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Democrats have received a boost in recent weeks from the economy’s gradual improvement and infighting among Republican presidential candidates. But they realize the good news may disappear as quickly as it arose, Politico reports.

The economy has had several false starts since the financial crisis ended in early 2009, and a pitched primary fight doesn’t necessarily imply weakness for the winning candidate. Remember that President Barack Obama engaged in a nasty battle with his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2008.

“I’m not putting a lot of stock in snapshots,” Sen. Bob Casey, a first-term Democrat who is up for re-election in Pennsylvania this year, told Politico. “I think any incumbent’s going to have a challenge this year. It’s still a challenging environment. I know some data shows that things have improved, but I know that a couple of months ago it was otherwise.”

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., says Democrats would do better to work hard than gloat. “I think people are feeling better about the economy,” she told Politico. “I appreciate that that could change tomorrow. Things change very quickly, and I think the best way to address the concerns that we’re hearing in the country is to keep working hard and to get some things done.”

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