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Bush's unpopularity among voters starts to fade
Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | July 25, 2010 | 7:09 p.m. | By Michael A. Memoli, [Please Hold For Use By Weekend Newspapers]

Posted on 07/25/2010 9:09:37 PM PDT by thecodont

Reporting from Washington — As campaign foils go, George W. Bush was a very effective one for Democrats in 2006 and 2008, even though his name never appeared on a ballot. But now, as the party seeks to defend the majorities it built based in part on Bush fatigue, Democrats find that invoking the former president's name doesn't pack quite the same punch.

New polling shows that Bush's standing among the electorate remains weak, and that voters for the most part still fault him for the nation's ailing economy. But as President Obama's popularity has stagnated, Democratic strategists say that drawing simple comparisons between the two leaders is not a surefire strategy to move voters their way.

"Our current data brings into question the notion that you can run against Bush and win," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Obviously Bush is not popular. The question is: Does it help Obama to run against the past in debating the future?"

A Quinnipiac survey last week found that Obama's "political honeymoon ended," and put his job approval rating at a new low of 44%. When voters were asked whether he was a better president than Bush, 42% said yes, and 32% said no. The gap was narrower among voters who identify themselves as independents, a potentially troublesome finding for Democrats.

A survey from Gallup released last week found that Bush's personal favorability rating had increased 10 points since the last such poll in 2009. At 45%, it was just 7 points behind Obama's, bringing into question whether attacking the Bush legacy would be very effective.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush43; gwbush; missmeyet; polling
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"All elections are about the future. If Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi [D- San Francisco] doesn't understand that, she might as well hand over the gavel right now," said Scott Stanzel, a former deputy press secretary for the Bush White House.

1 posted on 07/25/2010 9:09:42 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?


2 posted on 07/25/2010 9:10:34 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: thecodont
How the left will forever remember George W. Bush...


3 posted on 07/25/2010 9:12:54 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Tzimisce

Hell no!


4 posted on 07/25/2010 9:13:02 PM PDT by BARLF
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To: thecodont


5 posted on 07/25/2010 9:14:49 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

6 posted on 07/25/2010 9:16:57 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: thecodont

Bush’s popularity?!?!?!

I had no idea he was still in office, or running for anything...


7 posted on 07/25/2010 9:18:23 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: thecodont

All they have had is Bush and the race card. Now all they have is the race card. Fun, fun, fun!


8 posted on 07/25/2010 9:21:14 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Good night. I expect more respect tomorrow - Danny H (RIP))
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

They’re beating a dead horse on this issue. The bad economy was brought on by the DEMS in Congress, but, Americans are too stupid to realize that.


9 posted on 07/25/2010 9:21:20 PM PDT by Catsrus (Have)
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To: thecodont

The two greatest hoaxes of the last 20 years are:

1. Clinton was responsible for the prosperity of the 90’s and........ 2. Bush is entirely responsible for our current financial woes.


10 posted on 07/25/2010 9:23:18 PM PDT by umgud (Obama is a failed experiment.)
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To: thecodont

11 posted on 07/25/2010 9:24:02 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: umgud

“The two greatest hoaxes of the last 20 years are:

1. Clinton was responsible for the prosperity of the 90’s and........ 2. Bush is entirely responsible for our current financial woes.”


AMEN.


12 posted on 07/25/2010 9:26:31 PM PDT by CommieCutter (A Centrist Democrat is now defined as: between Socialism and Communism.)
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To: thecodont
July 22, 2010
Eleven percent of Americans say they have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in Congress, down from 17% in 2009 and a percentage point lower than the previous low for Congress, recorded in 2008

The 110th Congress was sworn in on January 4, 2007. The Democrats were elected into the majority in November of 2006 and thus took control of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Those with confidence polled were probably sitting in Congress and voted for themselves. ;)

13 posted on 07/25/2010 9:30:49 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Joe 6-pack

Too funny


14 posted on 07/25/2010 9:31:31 PM PDT by streetpreacher (Arminian by birth, Calvinist by the grace of God)
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To: thecodont

Easy case to make (despite the media) is that the economy wss fine until the Marxists took over Congress on Jan. 20, 2007. Why don’t republicans and the truthful media ever state that case?


15 posted on 07/25/2010 9:33:16 PM PDT by line drive to right
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To: thecodont

Bush was good enough to win a 2nd term. His downfall was immigration reform which hurt his status with the mostly right. The left hates him just like we hate Obama’s policies. Immigration reform lost the base.


16 posted on 07/25/2010 9:37:48 PM PDT by byteback
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To: byteback
I remember when I heard that Hillary Clinton had advised the media to go after Bush on the immigration issue; this was when Iraq was starting to move out of the news because it was mostly won.

The MSM did it and purposely split the right just as Hillary had foreseen would happen.

17 posted on 07/25/2010 9:42:40 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: thecodont
Bush's unpopularity among voters starts to fade
That's reassuring since (heaven forbid) Bush isn't running for any office...
18 posted on 07/25/2010 9:44:12 PM PDT by lewislynn (What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in common? Disinformation)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Miss me yet?


19 posted on 07/25/2010 9:48:27 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: byteback
Immigration reform lost the base.
His passion for immigration (amnesty) was huge but the truth is "the base" was duped before that.

Prescription drugs, spending, etc.

Other than the first days of the war on terror, literally days, He never lived up to what "the base" expected of him.

There's no doubt a lot went on behind the scenes that kept us safe, but did we really need a whole new (Homeland Security gag!) bureaucracy? The war on terror on the surface in Iraq and Afghanistan was and is a huge costly flop and now so is "Homeland Security"...

Sorry, but that's the way I see it.

20 posted on 07/25/2010 10:02:31 PM PDT by lewislynn (What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in common? Disinformation)
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To: Oceander

Actually, that’s the thing Bush deserves at least some blame for.


21 posted on 07/25/2010 10:05:46 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: smoothsailing

How could we tell if you were ever missing?

22 posted on 07/25/2010 10:06:46 PM PDT by lewislynn (What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in common? Disinformation)
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To: lewislynn

Sorry, but that’s the way I see it.

********************

Same.

I would add:

“Nation building” with primitive barbarian dross and US tax dollars as construction materials; the inherent slur on each and every conservative individual with insipid “compassionate conservatism” confection.


23 posted on 07/25/2010 10:13:31 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (The bureaucrat is the natural enemy of liberty.)
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To: thecodont

24 posted on 07/25/2010 10:13:40 PM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Oceander

Or maybe it's the only thing that IS.

If he had never listened to Rove and the frigg'n "new tone" lunacy and defended himself like any man should have, or came out and warned about Obama (it's not like they didn't know)...Maybe, just maybe, things would have been different.

But then, maybe he's a progressive and he approves of all that's happening.

25 posted on 07/25/2010 10:14:16 PM PDT by lewislynn (What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in common? Disinformation)
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To: thecodont; All

And .. even though the Clintons dumped big time on Bush - after he was elected - trashed his offices in the WH, etc., left time-bomb EO’s hoping Bush wouldn’t find them, I don’t recall Bush ever mentioning Clinton’s name. In fact, Bush tried to hide the mess the Clinton staff made at the WH - but the GAO or OMB made it public.

Maybe Obama needs to take a lesson from that. But, I don’t expect he will. I have a sister who is an ultra-liberal and she never would take responsibility for anything either.


26 posted on 07/25/2010 10:16:24 PM PDT by The Final Harvest (America: "The Greatest Nation on the Face of the Earth")
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To: Tzimisce

No.


27 posted on 07/25/2010 10:29:58 PM PDT by cranked
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To: Oceander
== Apparently, the only thing that isn't Bush's fault was Obama's election ==

Let's face it is Bush's fault. If he wasn't so disliked they would not have voted for Obamugabe. /sarc

On another note, is it time to rename the San Andreas Fault to Bush's Fault?

28 posted on 07/25/2010 10:31:30 PM PDT by SloopJohnB
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To: thecodont

What? “Blame Bush” is not a good campaign strategy anymore? Uh oh!!! LOL...


29 posted on 07/25/2010 10:32:47 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady (I can see November from my house.)
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To: Oceander

Absolutely false! That was actually Bush's biggest fault.

Bush's failure to sell his policies to the sheeple, over the heads of the MSM, is indeed his greatest failure. At that point in history, the United States needed a Great Communicator, and GWB was not up to the task!

30 posted on 07/25/2010 10:37:04 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: william clark

31 posted on 07/25/2010 10:37:22 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Oceander; thecodont
First, the image you posted:



A conundrum.

I do not hate George Bush.

I am, however, greatly disappointed in him.

Not for most, or any, of the reasons that are trotted out regularly by The Usurper, his minions, or the statist news outlets. I am disappointed in him for not vigorously defending conservative principles when he had the bully pulpit of the Presidency.

I am also disappointed in him for playing into the hands of the global statists by acquiescing to the TARP program, which set the stage for further fiscal improprieties and later downright malfeasance on the part of Congress.

The weakness of George Bush's response on these issues, added to his failure to prosecute the War on Terror on the domestic publicity front, as well as on the battlefield set the stage for an even weaker John McCain to default the election to The Usurper.

These factors, combined with the treachery of RINOs at all levels of government has reminded us most painfully of the truth in Ayn Rand's words:

"In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit."

Was The Usurper's election Bush's fault? Not exclusively. But one cannot deny that in many ways, the whole political structure of the US, and the cause of objective good in the world got a black eye in that election.

Time for men of compromise to shut up and sit down. Time for men of principle to take back the nation.

32 posted on 07/25/2010 10:46:09 PM PDT by shibumi (Pablo, wily, clever and detractive as all get out!)
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To: thecodont

33 posted on 07/25/2010 10:55:47 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: thecodont

President Bush and his wife were at the Texas Rangers game tonight. The camera showed him several times but the guys calling the game never said whether or not the President was recognized over the stadium’s P.A. system.


34 posted on 07/25/2010 11:08:20 PM PDT by gop4lyf (Obama wants to raise taxes and kill babies. Palin wants to raise babies and kill taxes.)
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To: lewislynn
Homeland Security was a gag but that was more Lieberman leading Congress. The Gov't takeover of baggage screening etc was bad but the momentum was there. I blame a lame Congress since the leadership didn't help Bush out with any alternative.

Prescription Drugs was on him but I disagree on the War on Terror. I think we need to fight radical Islam. The "Religion of peace" deal drove me nuts though.

35 posted on 07/25/2010 11:11:19 PM PDT by byteback
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To: thecodont
"...voters for the most part still fault him [GW] for the nation's ailing economy."

Total BS! Based on what, the reporter's ouiji board?

36 posted on 07/25/2010 11:13:00 PM PDT by downtownconservative
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To: lewislynn

“Other than the first days of the war on terror, literally days, He never lived up to what “the base” expected of him.”

You have forgotten his Supreme Court appointments, which saved the 2nd amendment among other things. Probably his most important work besides keeping the nation safe from future terrorist attacks after 9/11.


37 posted on 07/25/2010 11:22:13 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: CyberAnt

“I don’t recall Bush ever mentioning Clinton’s name”

President Bush had true class. That is probably his 3rd most important accomplishment - restoring dignity to the office. His genuine love for and respect for the troops was legendary and he was exemplary in that area.


38 posted on 07/25/2010 11:23:57 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: thecodont

See my tagline.


39 posted on 07/25/2010 11:51:20 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Re: your tagline.

Wasn't this the basis for the Newsweek "We Are All Socialists Now" cover?


40 posted on 07/26/2010 12:03:15 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: Joe 6-pack

HAHAHAAAA!!!

Oh man, that is FUNNY!


41 posted on 07/26/2010 12:03:22 AM PDT by DemforBush (Serpentine, Shel! SERPENTINE!)
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To: thecodont

That is freaking scary.


42 posted on 07/26/2010 12:40:49 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Persevero
You have forgotten his Supreme Court appointments, which saved the 2nd amendment among other things. Probably his most important work besides keeping the nation safe from future terrorist attacks after 9/11.

Really, now what was the name of that ding bat he wanted to appoint????

43 posted on 07/26/2010 12:43:40 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: thecodont


44 posted on 07/26/2010 12:56:23 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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To: smoothsailing

Jimmuh is the happiest person in America these days.


45 posted on 07/26/2010 12:59:32 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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To: thecodont

I have my problems with bush like he refused to take illegals seriously BUT.
At least Bush loved our country whereas the “magic negro” hates America and whitey.


46 posted on 07/26/2010 3:03:21 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Ya unAmerican p.o.s.)
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To: thecodont

Like any true conservative, it was maddening to watch GOP leaders including GWB go along with government expansion.

However, there is several important things to keep in mind (and is probably the thinking of the actual conservatives in Congress): 1. there was never a majority of hard core conservative members to radically cut the size of government, or even to keep it the same; 2. The American people had been subjected to 40 years of journ-o-lism, and had bought into European style social programs.

It’s different now because Americans are experiencing the harsh realities of debt spending (and it will get worse). But at the time, true conservatives were risking a wipeout had they advocated measures to begin reeling this government monstrosity back. Sometimes you can do only what you can do. The American people had to suffer the consequences of Peak Government before the “got” it. They still haven’t “gotten” it full, yet, but the light bulb is going on slowly.


47 posted on 07/26/2010 3:24:33 AM PDT by qwertypie
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To: cynwoody
Bush's failure to sell his policies to the sheeple, over the heads of the MSM, is indeed his greatest failure. At that point in history, the United States needed a Great Communicator, and GWB was not up to the task!

It wasn't that Bush tried and failed to do this, he just didn't try at all.

48 posted on 07/26/2010 3:40:54 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (For the first time in half a century, there is no former KKK member in the US Senate.)
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To: shibumi; cynwoody; SloopJohnB; lewislynn; dr_who



That make everyone feel a little less distempered?
49 posted on 07/26/2010 4:45:33 AM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
Biden runs around the country saying Bush lost 8 million jobs and Obama has already created more jobs than Bush. I don't believe any President creates jobs, but the media do so let's look at a comparison...
50 posted on 07/26/2010 4:58:37 AM PDT by csmusaret (A government that can dictate how much water flows into a toilet is a powerful government indeed.)
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