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Democrats rethinking “blame Bush” strategy after Massachusetts flop
Hot Air ^ | January 25, 2010 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 01/25/2010 9:46:23 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Democrats have gotten into the habit of running against George W. Bush. They won majorities in both houses of Congress in 2006 by running against Bush, and won a presidential election in 2008 with that strategy despite the fact that Bush wasn’t able to run. Barack Obama has spent most of the past year blaming his own ineffectiveness on his predecessor. So when the special election to replace Ted Kennedy got unexpectedly tight, Democrats figured that a healthy dose of Boogeyman Bush would send Democrats flocking to the polls. Instead, it demonstrated the emptiness of Democratic arguments for leadership:

After three consecutive losses in statewide races, some top Democrats are questioning a tactic aimed at boosting the party’s candidates in each of those contests: Bush-bashing. …

Yet when Democratic nominees for governor in Virginia and New Jersey and for Senate in Massachusetts sought to tie their GOP opponents to the still-unpopular former president, the strategy didn’t resonate. Voters were more focused on the current administration or local political issues — and the onetime Democratic magic formula seemed yesterday’s news.

“Voters are pretty tired of the blame game,” said longtime Democratic strategist Steve Hildebrand, a top aide on Obama’s presidential campaign. “What a stupid strategy that was.” …

Another well-respected Democratic consultant put it simply: “Need a new game plan!”

Have they learned a lesson? Well, perhaps partly. Democratic leadership now thinks that they can play the Bush card effectively in races where there is actually a connection to Bush — for instance in Ohio, where former Bush budget director Rob Portman will run for the Senate. The only problem there is that Ohioans know Portman worked for Bush, and so far, he’s still beating both leading Democrats in polls of likely voters. Democrats think they can play the Bush card on Roy Blunt for being the Republican whip during the Bush years, but the Missouri voters know Blunt even better than Ohioans know Portman, and Blunt has moved ahead of Robin Carnahan in polling as well.

While the Democrats desperately keep hold of their favorite cartoon villain, who is as relevant to American politics now as Bill Clinton, Republicans have Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama — and that’s going to be much more likely to resonate with voters in 2010. The midterms will be a referendum on both politicians and the radical direction of their leadership and agenda. Which will voters care about more — a former President who has no impact on the political agenda of the federal government, or the two people who attempted to conduct a takeover of 1/6th of the American economy while ignoring the loss of 3.4 million jobs?

The irony of this sudden and partial epiphany is that it comes as the Democrats (and perhaps the White House) launched a wave of Ellie Light astroturfing that features — you guessed it — a blame-Bush theme. They have armies of apparently brain-dead minions sending duplicate “letters to the editor” to newspapers around the country in order to spread their propaganda, and now they look both foolish and desperate after being so uncreatively obvious about it. If Democrats change strategy now, it will be their Ellie Light astroturfers who will be hardest hit … except, perhaps, their candidates.


TOPICS: Massachusetts; Parties; Polls; U.S. Congress; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2010polls; bush; congress; democrats; ellielight; massachusetts; obama; scottbrown
They're going to get creamed in November, even with 10,000 Ellie Lights.
1 posted on 01/25/2010 9:46:25 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They should start praising Bush.


2 posted on 01/25/2010 9:50:41 AM PST by ncfool (The new USSA - United Socialst States of AmeriKa. Welcome to Obummers world.)
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Well, if President Obama were to stop blaming Bush, it would shorten all of his speeches by about 20 minutes or so.


3 posted on 01/25/2010 9:54:33 AM PST by Infralutheran
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Since Dems are stupid enough to vote for something as substantive as ‘hope and change’.... they’re stupid enough to keep paying dividends on the Bush’s fault investment.

Let them. Let Independants and even Dems with a 25 watt bulb begin to see how idiotic this Obama and Crew truly are. How destructive in so many ways they have been to our great country.

Maybe it is time for the Barry should think ahead to who he will blame next, maybe hire a Czar to do so.


4 posted on 01/25/2010 10:02:51 AM PST by Made In The USA (Home Depot should begin stocking up on pitchforks and torches.)
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Voters are attracted to those that talk about the future, not the past. The American voters have given Obama a year in office, and the messiah has failed. The economy is worse. Unemployment continues to rise. Osama Bin Laden is still alive and active. We are still in Iraq and Afghanistan. North Korea and Iran continue to laugh at Obama. There is no peace in the Middle East. No matter how you measure Obama, he comes up a big fat zero in accomplishments. He has to use a teleprompter to talk to sixth graders.
5 posted on 01/25/2010 10:28:14 AM PST by Nosterrex
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The real problem is that after winning by blaming Bush for everything they were supposed ride in on their white horses and fix everything.

They haven’t done anything except make things worse and line the pockets of themselves and special interests more than ever.


6 posted on 01/25/2010 10:31:07 AM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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Democratic leadership now thinks that they can play the Bush card effectively in races where there is actually a connection to Bush —

still a stupid strategy... after one year of Obama, states like Ohio and Missouri--which flipped for Obama--probably now wish they had Bush back... i hope the Dems keep using this strategy...

7 posted on 01/25/2010 10:36:50 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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“Republicans have Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama”

Ummm...they’re currently in office, wrecking America. Aren’t they open to criticism?


8 posted on 01/25/2010 11:11:45 AM PST by y6162
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9 posted on 01/25/2010 11:13:21 AM PST by 4Liberty ( we have a rat problem .)
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This is typical of kids playing a game...we need adults in the WH...they need to either grow up or resign.

I never heard, one time, Bush blame Clinton.

10 posted on 01/25/2010 2:30:32 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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LOL...thats a good one!!!


11 posted on 01/25/2010 2:35:21 PM PST by tubebender (Freeploaders = The illegal aliens on Free Republic)
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