A friend of mine lives in a lovely neighborhood that includes several ponds and lakes.
The ducks and geese defiantly refuse to understand that these bodies of water are not for them. So when they started doing what waterfowl do – you know, hang around the, uh, water – then Something Had To Be Done.
His homeowners’ association decided to spend a fair bit of money on these little buoys with slowly flashing beacons on top. The lights are supposed to mimic a predator’s eyes, keeping the birds away.
Which makes the birds swimming serenely around the buoys, or breezily lounging on the shoreline, an especially comical sight.
When it was pointed out at a follow-up meeting that the buoys are ineffective, the defense was that they are actually working very well. Because you see, without them, the problem would be even worse.
Any 2016 Democrat will have to run on Obama’s record to some significant degree, and this is exactly the trope you can expect. The economy is shrinking. There are record numbers of people out of work. Jimmy Carter now looks competent at foreign policy. Obamacare not only doesn’t solve the problems it claimed to, but has actually aggravated nearly all of them.
But wow, just think how much worse it all would have been without the firm, wise, steady policies of Barack Obama! You know, he didn’t cause these problems…
…and that’s how “Bush did it” stays in the campaign narrative in 2016.