The ‘Misery Index’ Is Back, And That’s Not Good News For Dems

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 1966 file photo, then Georgia State Sen. Jimmy Carter hugs his wife, Rosalynn, at his Atlanta campaign headquarters. Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn celebrate their 65th anniversary this week on Thursday, July 7, 2011. (AP Photo/File)

At a glance

  • The term “misery index” dates toe the Johnson Administration in the 1960s, though it’s most closely associated with former President Jimmy Carter.
  • The term simply refers to the sum of unemployment and inflation in the U.S.
  • At the moment, it’s 11.70 – not nearly as bad as during Carter’s tenure, but definitely not headed in the right direction for Democrats.

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