Don't believe for a second that Democrats, at least those up for reelection in 2010, are counting on the public to give them a free pass on the economy. Here is Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York:
Elections are run in two-year cycles, and we're in an economic cycle that we can't turn around in two years. It's a political problem. But I don't know that there is a way out of it.
To quote Jack Bauer, "We're running out of time!"