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Democrats: In Power Now, but Still Running Against George Bush

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:18 am - December 20, 2009.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Bush-hatred,Congress (111th)

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.

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8 Comments

  1. Will TanogillieTimboob start using space to bemoan the fact that Obama’s a clever Rovian plot to make Bush look good?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — December 20, 2009 @ 5:47 am - December 20, 2009

  2. I should note for those not old enough to remember, the Democrats have long figured that bashing a former President was a good strategy. I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, and Democrats then were still bashing Herbert Hoover, who left office in 1933.

    Of course, there is some bashing on the Republican side — particularly with respect to Jimmy Carter, who now is in serious danger of losing the title “Worst President in My Lifetime.”

    But that said, I do not remember either President Reagan or President Bush going into their first midterms bashing Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton. Instead, both Presidents were looking forward, not back.

    Comment by Dave N. — December 20, 2009 @ 1:50 pm - December 20, 2009

  3. Dan,

    You can’t stop INGSOC, I mean the Democrats from the Two Minute hate on their Emmanuel Goldstein, I mean President George W. Bush (Or Palin or Lieberman, etc. et. al.)

    When the Left stops following Orwell, we’ll stop using their tactics against them

    Comment by JSF — December 20, 2009 @ 2:28 pm - December 20, 2009

  4. wait, following orwell? 1984 isn’t a positive vision of communism or any form of authoritarian leftist system. Newspeak, ingsoc, ociania are not ideas that Orwell championed. if anything, they’re defying orwell. olbermanns ‘worst person in the world’ is the clearest articulation of the two minute hate in society today, and whille it can be amusing, it is deeply troubling. Orwellian is not an adjective that describes something that Orwell supported.

    On many issues, particularly linguistic issues, Orwell is profoundly conservative. He should be followed, regardless of party, as a man of letters with few rivals.

    Comment by rumpy — December 20, 2009 @ 4:30 pm - December 20, 2009

  5. Yes, the Democrats will run against George Bush again in 2010 and 2012.

    Remember Walter Mondale ran against Ronald Reagan in 1984 and was painted at “Carter-Mondale”

    We have two more years to live with it, unfortunately.

    Comment by LCRW — December 21, 2009 @ 1:20 am - December 21, 2009

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