Let's Play "Track the Meme"!

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June 15 2011 3:03 PM

Let's Play "Track the Meme"!

Peggy Noonan in a June 3 column about the debt, referring to Barack Obama:

Four words: He made it worse.

David Weigel David Weigel

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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Grover Norquist to me at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference, two days later:

Peggy Noonan has come up with a great formulation: He made it worse.

The Senate Republican Policy Committee, yesterday:

He made it worse.

This is a great framing, no question. If the recovery continues to stagger, it's the GOP's slogan versus that fateful chart of how stimulus spending would staunch the bleeding, with actual Democrats trying, probably failing, to argue the broader macroeconomic point about what jobs were created and why the recession began.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.