Daily Archives: August 7, 2010
As I pointed out yesterday, for the first time the latest poll shows more blame Obama for the economy than Bush.
However, as someone pointed out, if they’ve blamed Bush this long, the attempt must have met with a measure of success. And that’s probably true.
But, as mentioned in the post, blaming someone else for current problems is only effective if it is clear that person is directly responsible for the situation today. 18 months after taking office and with more than enough time to enact one’s own economic policies makes that former connection iffy at best. Bottom line – blaming someone else for today’s problems has a shelf life, and in this case it seems it is expiring.
While it may be silly in some respects to blame (or credit) the president in power for the economy, it is the way politics in this country work. So, given that and the length of time Barack Obama has been in office, people are coming to consider this the Obama economy. And, as you might imagine, they’re not pleased.
So blaming Bush now, as the new poll demonstrates, is loosing whatever steam it once had. Common Sense 101 says you abandon that political card in favor of another one then.
But as I’ve pointed out so many times in the past, politicians and common sense seem only to meet by coincidence and not on purpose. Enter Congressional Democrats.
They’ve decided their best strategy for this November is to dust off the “blame Bush” mantra and have another go at running against the former president.
As they brace for a difficult fall election, dispirited Democrats hoping to get back some of that 2008 magic are turning to the president for inspiration.
President Bush, that is.
Grainy images of the former president flashed across the screen in a recent ad by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) is attacking his GOP rival in a Senate race for his "advancement of the Bush agenda."
Even President Obama has begun taking direct shots at his predecessor, something he had been careful to avoid in recent months. "They don’t have a single idea that’s different from George Bush’s ideas — not one," Obama said during a speeches this week at fundraisers in Atlanta and Chicago.
Such a strategy smacks not only of desperation but of an attempt to divert attention. If, as Democrats like to claim, they’ve “accomplished more” during this presidency and this Congress than any previous Democratic administration, why aren’t they running proudly on their record?
My goodness, they passed health care and financial regulation. They saved the car companies. They “saved or created” 3 million jobs via the trillion dollar “stimulus”. And they’ve got a 1.4 trillion dollar debt heavy budget in the wings waiting to be passed after the election. What’s not to be proud of?
Well, those polls they pay attention too and they know as well as anyone that running on their “accomplishments” is a sure-fire way to defeat.
So they will attempt to nationalize the mid-terms on the back of a former president thinking it will rescue them by repeating history.
"God bless America that he’s back in the conversation," a senior Democratic official on Capitol Hill said. "It’s a blessing from the heavens. If this becomes a referendum on George Bush, we are in a much better spot than anyone could imagine."
You have to chuckle at the inanity of such a statement, the pure stupidity that would allow someone to imagine that given their performance in these past 18 months and the visceral voter reaction to that performance, that trying to play the “blame Bush” card will do anything but worsen their defeat.
But most of us have always at least secretly wondered how those that reside within that fantasy land called “inside the beltway” become so disconnected from reality. Well, here’s a perfect example of exactly that. It must be something in the water.