There is a certain rhythm to events like the Heritage Foundation's January forum on filibuster reform. The speaker, in this case Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, says something such as, "There is no doubt the Senate has been reduced to a shadow of itself as the world's greatest deliberative body." Then, like clockwork, the speaker blames Democrats for the predicament: "The demise of the Senate is not because Republicans seek to filibuster. The real obstructionists have been the Democratic majority."
You'll understand if I don't take this threat very seriously.:
Tom Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said his members are “not rushing to vote for a Republican.” But, he said, “it is going to be hard to get them to show up at the polls” for Obama. “Our villain is apathy. They are disgruntled. They are discouraged. They have no enthusiasm for what either party is saying right now.’’
With President Obamameeting with skeptical business leaders, it's worth noting that Democratic presidents are better for the economy than their Republican counterparts. ViaChuck Spinney, is a nifty chart showing overall rankings: