With the Democratic Congress on the verge of passing quite possibly the most unpopular piece of major legislation in U.S. history, with more people disapproving than approving Obama’s handling of the economy and with an increasing number of Americans believing the country is on the wrong track, it’s no wonder Democrats want to turn the clock back and run against George W. Bush in 2010.
Sure beats running on their record, Obama’s broken promises and an increasingly unpopular Congress. According to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, a higher percentage of Americans (68) disapprove of the current Congress than disapproved (65) of the last Republican Congress in September 2006. (Interesting that poll also showed that in mid-October 2008, only 12% of Americans approved of the then-current Congress, yet two weeks later voted to increase the Democratic majorities in both Houses.)
Democrats may remain obsessed with George W. Bush, but a year from now, the American people will be more concerned about how the incumbent President, then nearly halfway through his White House tenure, is doing. And heck, the way thing have been going these past few months, by the time we head to the polls to elect a new Congress next fall, the immediate past president may be more popular than his successor.
Guess running against a retired politician is easier sell for Democrats than running on their record.
With repeated and regular Republican votes against Obama’s big government initiatives, people are slowly beginning to realize that Democratic claims notwithstanding, this is no longer George W. Bush’s GOP. A year hence, people may not want to be affiliated with Barack Obama’s party. That NBC/WSJ poll shows that for the first time since Obama took office, a higher percentage of Americans (45) have a negative opinion of the Democratic Party than they (43) do of the GOP. In February, nearly half of all Americans had a positive view of the Democratic Party. Barely a third do today.
The GOP, to be sure, still has a ways to go, but, as elections in New Jersey, Virginia and the New York City suburbs show, when actual candidates replace a generic party name, Americans increasingly prefer the Republican.