President Obama has been enamored of the theme that the country can’t afford to return to what he terms the discredited policies of the Bush years. “That’s the mantra that he wants to drill into voters’ heads between now and November,” ABC News reported last summer.
The only problem, according to [Democratic pollster Stan] Greenberg, is that it doesn’t work. “Though voters agree the economy was an ‘inherited’ problem, they do not like to hear politicians blaming Bush or looking backwards,” he concluded in his study. In an interview with Jane Hamsher of the blog Firedog Lake, Mr. Greenberg went on to say: “I’m really puzzled by Democratic leaders stuck in a message that demonstrably doesn’t work.” He puts it down to the president listening to economic advisers who want him to set a rhetorical tone that “will help confidence to come back.”
This blame game just isn’t seem very presidential. Perhaps, Obama should take the advice of a guest on the “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” who said that the “key thing” should be “for everybody just to stay focused on doing the job instead of trying to figure out who you can pass blame on to.”
Good advice. Maybe the president should take that guy’s words to heart.