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The Good Ship Democrat Is Sinking

"Republicans=Bush?"

That Washington Post title says everything you need to know about what the Democratic strategy will be for the midterm elections.

We all know that, every chance Obama and the Democrats are given, they always place the onus of our dour economy on the policies of President George W. Bush.

His latest article in the The Washington Post today, journalist Chris Cillizza piece is titled "Republicans=Bush?"

During this week's Sunday talk show theater, Republicans juxtaposed the crappy economic mess we are in under Obama and his Democrats to the positive economic reality we had during most of the Bush Administration.

"People had jobs when Republicans were not only in charge but George Bush was there," said National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press".

John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" program that "Bush's stock has gone up a lot since he left office," adding: "I think a lot people are looking back with more fondness on President Bush's administration, and I think history will treat him well."

Score one for Bush.

Let's take a look at the current Obama numbers.

The economy is atrocious.

Under 18 months of Obama, we have 9.7% unemployment, increased taxes on families making over $250,000 a year, 2 million federal government jobs dominated by greedy and corrupt unions, a $13 trillion national debt, and a budget deficit of $1.35 trillion dollars.

And don't forget that the purse strings of Congress have been under the control of Democrats since 2006.

Bush 1/Obama 0

So, now that it has been years for Democrats to prove to the American people that they know what is best for our country, they should be standing tall on their positive accomplishments for re-election, right?

Well, if this is any indication of what their "strategy" for winning the mid-term elections is, in trouble, they are. (Little Yoda-speak there.)

The Dem rebuttal is predictable, at best.

"The men in charge of Republican campaigns made it crystal clear what Republican candidates plan to do if elected -- take us backward," trumpeted Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine in a release this morning.

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (N.J.) insisted that the November election will "be about whether or not we go back to the Bush economic policies that they espouse."

Surprise! Blame everything on Bush!

You Dems feelin' all optimistic yet?

WAPO's take on this is obvious:

The work of the next four months (or so) for Democrats is to remind people of that link -- that the vast majority of Republicans in Congress were in office when Bush was president and played a not-insignificant role in passing his agenda.

The data in the Third Way poll (described by Cillizza as "centrist Democratic" ?) suggest that if Democrats can (re)hang Bush around the neck of Republicans, it could greatly improve their chances of minimizing losses this fall.

Almost half (49 percent) of respondents said they would prefer a candidate who would "stick with" President Obama's economic policies, while 34 percent said they would opt for a candidate who aligned with Bush's economic policies.

But, if Bush -- literally his name -- is taken out of the equation, the voting dynamic changes, as it becomes clear that there is not a large reservoir of support for Obama's approach to the economy.

A majority -- 51 percent -- say they would prefer a candidate who believed Obama's economic plan is not working and "we need new economic policies that will shrink government, cut taxes on investment and support business growth," while 42 percent said they would rather support a candidate who believed Obama had a plan for the economy and that we need to give it time to work.

In some ways, the findings are ho-hum. After all, it's no secret that Republicans want to make the election a referendum on Obama (As it should be.), while Democrats want to make the midterms a choice between what Obama has done and what the GOP will do/has done.

But the disconnect in most Americans' minds between the economic approach of Bush, which they detest, and that of Congressional Republicans, which they remain undecided about, is critically important to understanding the task before Democrats over the next 106 days.

These clowns are delusional.

Obama has been in office for 18 month, and has done more economic damage in less time then most any President I can recall. He couldn't have done it without the help of the Congress held hostage by the Democratic majority, led by Pelosi and Reid.

You can hang onto "it's his fault" only so long. That ship sailed a loooong time ago.

Obama was supposed to be the hopeful agent of change. The one who was going to honorably and quickly transmogrify the way things would be done in Washington.

The political savior.

He and his Democratic cohorts have enacted policies which have proved to be abysmal failures, and their only pathetic chance to win is to divert attention away from what they have done by continually attempting to place blame on a lame-duck President who has been out of office for 18 months.

Democrats=Toast.


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Comments (40)

Bush? Hell. I miss Clinto... (Below threshold)
James H:

Bush? Hell. I miss Clinton. And I think you guys miss Clinton, too. Democrats love to love him, Republicans love to hate him. Win-win.

Sounds like a winning plan ... (Below threshold)
CZ:

Sounds like a winning plan to me.

You go dems!

See you in November : )

Funny how the Democrat News... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Funny how the Democrat News Media never brings up the 2007 and 2008 Democrat controlled Congress and their role in anything.

One the bright side, if the... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

One the bright side, if the Democrats remain in control through 2016, we'll be owned by China, lock, stock and barrel. Barry will have a new strawman to blame for everything. Or would that be considered Racist!?

Who knows, in 2014, Barry might decide to sell Kalieefornia, Oregon, Washington and Alaska to the Chinese. That should at least cover interest payments. Think of all the savings in Coast Guard pay alone! And with everyone on welfare - er - 'unemployment insurance', no real need to spend money on future elections. Just mention if the Democrats are voted out, payments stop.

And I think you gu... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:
And I think you guys miss Clinton, too.
I'd take any Clinton over what we have now. Even Chelsea.
" increased taxes on fam... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

" increased taxes on families making over $250,000 a year"

And smokers regardless of income.

And anyone who uses a bank (coming soon).

And everyone else including more taxes on the top bracket (coming January 1st)

And more fees and regulations that will utimately cost us all.

" if the Democrats remai... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

" if the Democrats remain in control through 2016, we'll be owned by China"

Actually China doesn't hold a whole lot of our debt (contrary to popular belief). I think it's currently around 10% and they're smart enough to not buy much more. Most of our debt is owed to the Fed and all new debt will likely be financed by them.

"Democrats=Toast."... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"Democrats=Toast."

It's probably moot anyway, as the Federal government just gave itself the power to take over any business that does anything "finanacial in nature" (say wouldn't buying and/or selling products and/or services be financial in nature?) without due process-- hell it seems without any process. I hate to sound so gloomily resigned to this fact, but sadly there's little the Republicans can do to save us. It's all up to the courts now.

If the courts don't save us, we'll either have to go John Gault or worse.

I miss Bush. A man of integ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I miss Bush. A man of integrity and principle with a firm teaching of the Love of God under his belt. Not God Damn America. ww

... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:


Remember November.

Hey what's not to love abou... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Hey what's not to love about 17%+ real unemployment? When lib columnists are writing that "if you're unemployed it's your own fault" It is clear that they don't see anything wrong with it.

Hell, Pelosi said that the best way to stimulate the economy was to pay more money in unemployment claims. It's your patriotic duty to lose your job!

The dems can run screaming naked in the streets shouting "It's all Bush's fault!" but nobody wants to hear that any more. They have had over a year and there is no end in sight but what is becoming more clear by the day is that the dems have made matters immensely worse. Americans for the most part really do believe in personal responsibility. They will give you a pass if you were left in a tough situation by your predecessor, but patience eventually runs out and we expect results. Time's up in November. Barrys going to have to raise a lot of dead if they expect to keep control of congress.

Lady Godiva rode through th... (Below threshold)
Stan:

Lady Godiva rode through the streets of Coventry England to protest the high taxes the King imposed on the populous. That was a one time thing and a highly effective display. We need to do something like that to grab the attention of the Obama people who are making this country a cesspool of poverty.

Um, which Bush? The Read my... (Below threshold)
Roy:

Um, which Bush? The Read my Lips one or the Bring 'em On one? It's hard to remember way back then.

Does any body but myself re... (Below threshold)
Myronhalo:

Does any body but myself remember that our economy was very rosy until the Democrats took over congress in 2006? The first thing they did was raise the minimum wage. That seems like a little thing and of course none of us wants to work at minimum wage, but by raising it, you make everything more expensive, and close the door on work opportunities for a lot of people just starting in the job market, and for some who want a part-time job to supplement their family´s income. People who start at minimum wage soon are earning more when they are worthy of their wages. But when the minimum is too high, they never start at all.
It is much more dignifying to squeak by in life earning an honest minimum wage, than to live off the public dole no matter how much you get. We´ve seen it again and again in countries in South America: those on the public dole for very long (and who could and should be working) soon demand what they get as a right. They lose their healthy self-image and become full-time critics of government and the people who are in charge of things.
If you want to see a man run himself down, let him win the lottery, or go on welfare.
It is greed that is ruining our economy-the politicians want more of the pie, the unions want more of the pie, the banks want more of the pie, the "poor" want more of the pie, and lots of people stop making pie all together. And then, there´s a crisis and everyone blames someone else.
Greed - not being satisfied nor thankful for what one has, and wanting what the neighbor has is what is wrong with our economy.

"Um, which Bush? The Rea... (Below threshold)
914:

"Um, which Bush? The Read my Lips one or the Bring 'em On one? It's hard to remember way back then."

The 'Miss Me yet ' one.


"And don't forget that the ... (Below threshold)
Highlander:

"And don't forget that the purse strings of Congress have been under the control of Democrats since 2006." -- Shawn Mallow

Given that a Democratic majority in Congress did not exist until 2007, perhaps Mr. Mallow would like to explain himself.

More importantly, Mr. Mallow would be well-advised to find out what a "veto" is, and whether the King of the Morons had the power to block any Democratic initiative prior to Obama taking over.

Yes, I was going to mention... (Below threshold)

Yes, I was going to mention that the Dems didn't actually take their seats until 2007. Also, isn't there a delay of time wherein they would still be under the old fiscal year until a new budget was signed?

Nevertheless, it is now well into 2010 and yes, that ship sailed looooong ago.

Yes the dems retook congres... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Yes the dems retook congress in the election of 2006. That means they were seated in Jan of 2007. Their first budget went into effect the fall of 2007.

Since the effects of government action take as much as 9 months to work their way into the economy (or so said my econ profs in college and B school) the dems can be said to have owned those effects at least in part since Spring of 2008 which hapily coicides with the beginning of the housing collapse.

Of course that really was in the making for far longer than that and the malfeasance of men like Frank and Dodd goes much deeper than just the last few years.

Lady Godiva rode t... (Below threshold)
James H:
Lady Godiva rode through the streets of Coventry England to protest the high taxes the King imposed on the populous. That was a one time thing and a highly effective display. We need to do something like that to grab the attention of the Obama people who are making this country a cesspool of poverty.

If Rush Limbaugh does this, I'm moving to Canada. And suing him for emotional distress.

America, do you really want... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

America, do you really want to go back to when the Republicans ran Congress? Gee, unemployment was roughly HALF of what it is now...so ya, I DO!!

"If Rush Limbaugh does t... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"If Rush Limbaugh does this, I'm moving to Canada. And suing him for emotional distress."

Sarah Palin, on the other hand, might be worth looking at. Nancy Pelosi? Not so much...

"Um, which Bush? The Rea... (Below threshold)
Roy:

"Um, which Bush? The Read my Lips one or the Bring 'em On one? It's hard to remember way back then."


The 'Miss Me yet ' one.

Actually, right now that's Carter.

My apologies for the double... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

My apologies for the double, don't know how that happened.

"The men in charge... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:
"The men in charge of Republican campaigns made it crystal clear what Republican candidates plan to do if elected -- take us backward," trumpeted Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine in a release this morning.

Does he mean back to when the economy wasn't in ruins? back to when the unemployment rate was under 6%? back to before Obama ? Yes, please take us back.

Bush? Hell. I m... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Bush? Hell. I miss Clinton. And I think you guys miss Clinton, too.

Hell, I miss Carter.

I can't tell you how much I detest saying that.

Lady Godiva rode through the streets of Coventry England to protest the high taxes the King imposed on the populous.

If Michelle did this, she could cure the obesity epidemic at a stroke.

Of course, on horseback she'd look like she should be throwing a net over Charlton Heston, but that's another issue.

"Their first budget w... (Below threshold)
John S:

"Their first budget went into effect the fall of 2007..."

In the fall of 2007 I was working two jobs and making $106,000 a year. Today, I've been laid off from both jobs. And because I'm educated, Wal-Mart won't talk to me. Nor McDonalds. This hopey-changey bullshit is working out for me. So what are the Dems doing for me? My $260 week unemployment check, now taxed at the 10 percent bottom rate, will be taxed at the new 15 percent bottom rate come January. A 50 percent tax increase for the dirt poor. Although I, and 37 million others, may be down and out, we vote. Boy, do we vote.

Stick a fork in them the de... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Stick a fork in them the dems are done.

Why do I say this? I just turned on ESPN and the anchorman used a GWB quote from the war on Terror as an exemplar of success through grit and determination.

When the media start quoting Bush to show honor and respect the dems have lost any ability to pin blame upon him for anything.

John, I'm sorry for your tr... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

John, I'm sorry for your travails, and hope things look up for you. My friends fall into two groups: those who've been laid off, and those who much against their will have to lay others off.

The problem is uncertainty, uncertainty about what Obama and the Dems might do, but the knowledge that whatever it is, it will be bad for business, by design. The only question is how bad.

In the meantime, everyone is doing his turtle impression. The economy won't improve - stimuli notwithstanding - until that perception - or the Administration - changes.

You forgot to mention that ... (Below threshold)
Larry Dickman:

You forgot to mention that Clinton handed off a budget surplus to Bush. Yes, surplus. And what did Bush do with it? He certainly didn't give Obama a surplus, did he?

Regardless, this is what you get for running McCain and Palin. When McCain said the economy was fine, he sealed his defeat.

If you run Palin in 2012, the American people will refudiate her.

The economy was zooming al... (Below threshold)
jainphx:

The economy was zooming along employment was at 4.5% which is really good considering that full employment is considered to be 5%. People were taking vacations and using their disposable income for fun and relaxation. Now we don't have disposable income, and in a lot of households we have NO INCOME. Yessiry I miss GWB, and things are going to get a lot worse with the GWB tax cuts expiring, but it's not a tax increase, I heard Osama Obama say so.

larry, clinton gave bush a ... (Below threshold)
ke_future:

larry, clinton gave bush a budget surplus that was slight of hand. long term projections were not good. especially when you included the semi-off the books social security debt. clinton also gave him the beginnings of a recession. the 9/11 attacks put the squeeze on the economy.

but if you looked at unemployment numbers, GNP, and other economic indicators the US was on the upward slope. then the democrats took teh house and senate in 2006 and things started to go down hill.

there's also the small matter of the senate being in dem hands back in 2002 i think it was when jeffords(?) switched parties.

and yes i miss bush. he wasn't perfect, but he was a lot better than the jackass currently in office.

larry dick[less]man - <em... (Below threshold)
Marc:

larry dick[less]man - "You forgot to mention that Clinton handed off a budget surplus to Bush. Yes, surplus. And what did Bush do with it? He certainly didn't give Obama a surplus, did he?"

Well you're very good at perpetuating a myth. Check the Tresury Dept website there was no surplus at the end of Slick Willie's term.

highlander - "More im... (Below threshold)
Marc:

highlander - "More importantly, Mr. Mallow would be well-advised to find out what a "veto" is, and whether the King of the Morons had the power to block any Democratic initiative prior to Obama taking over."

Yepper that damn veto thing is damning isn't it?

1. Every Bush budget submitted was porked up beyond all recognition by BOTH parties.

2. The veto pen now rests in obama's hand, why hasn't he used it on ANY bill that hasn't been paid for? Especially galling considering the Dems were proud, DAMN PROUD of passing a PayGo bill.

They've ignored it every time a spending bill has passed.

Of course, on horseback ... (Below threshold)

Of course, on horseback she'd look like she should be throwing a net over Charlton Heston, but that's another issue.

Come on, Jay G. Don't be pulling that shit. Not here.

J.

I will give GWB this much h... (Below threshold)
John:

I will give GWB this much he didn't whine constantly about the mess he was left and how terrible Clinton was. So please tell me this libs, on what day will this become Obama's mess and not GWB's. When can we finally say Obama's in charge and responsible for sad state of affairs in the US?

I think the Democrats have ... (Below threshold)
ron:

I think the Democrats have nomially been used to sabotaging the Economy for a hundred years or more and now that the table have been turned they ain't dong so well. Yeah Bush handed a bad picture to Obama and the Democrats have done exactly what we all knew they would do. Funny while the rest of the western world goes the opposite way with thier austerity progroms the USA keeps spending money like it is made out of cotton.....'oh yeah, it is made out of cotton'. And worth as much.
Da Dems are toast. The constitution is the butter I am putting on them. It still pisses me off that the gov. rescued all them corperations. They don't deserve to of been rewarded for being idiots.

They've ignored it every... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

They've ignored it every time a spending bill has passed.

And let's not even talk about the budget they're refusing to construct this year. It's a lot easier to hide the amounts you spend, when there's no accounting for your spending.

It's a mess - and the Dems aren't (much as they say they are) doing a damn thing to make it better.

"King of the Morons" - woul... (Below threshold)
BluesHarper:

"King of the Morons" - wouldn't that be Obama?

The press painted Bush and the Republicans as evil, Evil, EVIL! They beat us over the head with that 24/7 for... what... 8 years? I find that most people who say they hate Bush say so because the media told them so, not because life sucked during the Bush administration. The best years of my life were during the Bush years. Coincidence?

take a look at this chart o... (Below threshold)
ke_future:

take a look at this chart of unemployment since 1965. all every republican, tea party, or independent candidate has to do is keep hammering away at this. the dems have absolutely no defense

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2010/07/the-scariest-unemployment-graph-ive-seen-yet/60086/

Concerning Clinton. Six of... (Below threshold)
to:

Concerning Clinton. Six of the eight years he was in office, he had a Republican Congress. I thought the laws passed were more moderate that helped the middle class instead of just focusing on the poor or rich. And we had a balanced budget.

I think we need to push for a Republican Congress again and get some checks and balances back into our government.




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