Deborah Solomon reports in the WSJ that the federal stimulus bill that zero House Republicans voted for, and that 2.5 Republican Senators voted for, is working:
Economists say the money out the door -- combined with the expectation of additional funds flowing soon -- is fueling growth above where it would have been without any government action.
Granted, the article debates which programs have had the most impact. But the general consensus is that federal intervention (i.e., "big government") is helping pull us out of the recession.
The Democrats took a lot of heat for doing the right thing earlier this year. They should use news like this in a relentlessly offensive way. It's time to attack the people who wanted to stand by and do nothing while the economy was collapsing.
And it's not about revenge at all. It's about policy. The hope is that people who are empirically wrong will be politically discredited. That's the only way to keep them from messing up the economy the next time around.