It seems that hatred of George W. Bush has become such an article of faith among Democrats that they can’t let a day go by without criticizing the former President for all manner of ills, from wrecking the economy to violating the law in order to keep the American people safe (to name just two of their biggest critiques).
Sunday morning, while fixing my coffee and determined to continue a weekend largely away from politics, I made the silly mistake of turning on the news. Some former DNC official was telling us that it took “eight years to get into this [economic] mess” and it’s going to take some time to get out of it. For a moment, I wished I had been the Republican designated to challenge her. I would have replied by asking her to specify just what policies in the past eight years (i.e., the Bush Administration) led to this downturn and to remind her that the downturn began in December 2007, nearly one full year after a Democratic Congress came to power.
If the unmentioned Republican President deserves blame for the downturn so too does that Democratic Congress.
There is some method to the Administration’s madness. Obama and his political team have always been better on offense than defense.
The longer he serves as President, however, the less people will accept his excuse that he “inherited” this problem from his predecessor. He’s smart to try to push a lot of legislation — as well as the Sotomayor confirmation hearings — during the summer when people are less focused on the news than they are during the rest of the year.
But, as the summer wanes and people focus more on the news after Labor Day, they’ll see the same man who had been in office when, sometime prior to Memorial Day, they pretty much tuned politics out to focus on family, relaxation and recreation. Obama will no longer be the new guy brought in to clean up the old guy’s mess. People won’t cut him as much slack as they might have in his first two seasons in office.
*tweaked title in the morning (PST) because the title I had picked in the wee hours of the morning (before bed) when I initially posted this ssemed quite clunky.