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Bush & Obama Numbers Set to Converge?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:39 am - December 10, 2009.
Filed under: Blame Republicans first,National Politics

I believe it was in an e-mail to Bruce sometime in the spring when I saw the first poll of popular sentiment about the newly former President George W.Bush (where that good man, but flawed chief executive saw an uptick in his favorables while the incumbent saw his in decline) that I suggested we have a contest to figure out when those numbers would converge.  Well, that day may been soon upon us.

Over at the Atlantic, Chris Good reports:  “only half of Americans would rather have President Obama in the White House than his predecessor, while 44 percent would prefer George W. Bush to still be president.

He cites a Public Policy Polling survey which found:

Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama’s declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they’d rather have his predecessor. Given the horrendous approval ratings Bush showed during his final term that’s somewhat of a surprise and an indication that voters are increasingly placing the blame on Obama for the country’s difficulties instead of giving him space because of the tough situation he inherited.

If Obama keeps reminding us of the “tough situation he inherited” (as he did again Tuesday), Americans might not think him up to the job.  You know, when a new CEO is hired to take over a company with declining revenues, he doesn’t blame the old management, but rolls up his sleeves and figures out how to fix the mess.  If he keeps blaming the old management while revenues continue to decline, the board will likely replace him at their next meeting.

Looks like the “board” of this organization is beginning to think more favorably about the old CEO, even though he has gone into a constitutionally mandated (and not entirely unwelcome) retirement.  And the Constitution prevents the board from meeting for another three years.  Looks like we’re stuck with the whiny CEO.

And his hapless predecessor begins to look better by contrast.

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15 Comments

  1. President Bush as ‘that good man’ …. ha! A lying, incompetent warmonger. And you dopes think you have the market cornered on morality and values.

    Comment by Levi — December 10, 2009 @ 12:53 pm - December 10, 2009

  2. Hmmm Obama-50, Bush 44. Lets split the undecideds, and that gives us Obama, by 53-47.

    Look familiar? Yeah, the exact percentages we saw in the election last year.

    So what is the lesson here? Obama retains exactly as much support as he had the day he was elected, and all the McCain voters prefer Bush to Obama.

    yawn.

    Comment by Tano — December 10, 2009 @ 1:18 pm - December 10, 2009

  3. So if Bush is a, ” . . .lying, incompetent warmonger”, he is no different than Obama, so I’d expect about the same numbers.

    Comment by Hunter — December 10, 2009 @ 2:18 pm - December 10, 2009

  4. Liberals are funny….umm the undecideds are not splitting 50/50. Obama is losing support not gaining or holding support.
    BZZZZT You lose! Who’s haing fun now?

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — December 10, 2009 @ 4:02 pm - December 10, 2009

  5. So the dope has quadrupled troops in Afghanistan and yet he is over accepting a peace award. Even he doesn’t see the dopeyness of that.
    Priceless.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — December 10, 2009 @ 4:03 pm - December 10, 2009

  6. Another year of this and Bob Dole might beat Obama hehe

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — December 10, 2009 @ 4:04 pm - December 10, 2009

  7. A week after Obama’s “jobs summit” and this weeks unemployment report “unexpectantly WORSENED”. The gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — December 10, 2009 @ 4:06 pm - December 10, 2009

  8. Obama retains exactly as much support as he had the day he was elected

    LOL. Tardo, you need to check out the polls, he doesn’t have majority support in ANY of them. And whats worse for you, his policies are even less popular than he is.

    Why is that worse for you? Because the polls prove that America flat out HATES “progressivism”. There isn’t a single major issue that Americans trust Democrats with more than Republicans. There isn’t one single issue that Americans think Obama and the Democrats are handling well.

    Comment by American Elephant — December 10, 2009 @ 4:47 pm - December 10, 2009

  9. Gee, this David Frum guy is sounding pretty wise these days…

    “”The furious rejectionist frenzy of the past 12 months is exacting a terrible price upon Republicans. We’re getting worse and less conservative results out of Washington than we could have negotiated, if we had negotiated… Even if we gain seats in 2010, the actions of this congressional session will not be reversed. Shrink Medicare after it has expanded? Hey, we said we’d never do that.”

    “I hear a lot of talk about the importance of ‘principle.’ But what’s the principle that obliges us to be stupid?””

    Gee David, maybe that IS the core principle of Republicanism…

    Comment by Tano — December 10, 2009 @ 5:51 pm - December 10, 2009

  10. You can have him. His ilk lost the Republican majority, its no wonder that losers on your side embrace him now too. He is a loser-magnet.

    Comment by American Elephant — December 10, 2009 @ 6:02 pm - December 10, 2009

  11. Speaking of loser…..is Obama gonna make the Jan 1st deadline to close Club Gitmo?

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — December 10, 2009 @ 7:08 pm - December 10, 2009

  12. Another year of this and Bob Dole might beat Obama hehe

    Another year of this and Dukakis or Mondull could beat him.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — December 10, 2009 @ 8:32 pm - December 10, 2009

  13. What qualifies one to be called a “good man” or “good woman”? Those phrases have been used here many times.

    Comment by DRH — December 10, 2009 @ 9:10 pm - December 10, 2009

  14. Levi, please identify the Bush lies. Must be to actual statements W made with evidence that, at the time he made them, he knew the truth was otherwise. Thanks.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — December 20, 2009 @ 4:14 am - December 20, 2009

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