Skip to comments.Bush's unpopularity among voters starts to fade
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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"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.
Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?
I had no idea he was still in office, or running for anything...
All they have had is Bush and the race card. Now all they have is the race card. Fun, fun, fun!
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.
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.
“The two greatest hoaxes of the last 20 years are:
1. Clinton was responsible for the prosperity of the 90s and........ 2. Bush is entirely responsible for our current financial woes.”
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. ;)
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?
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.
The MSM did it and purposely split the right just as Hillary had foreseen would happen.
Bush's unpopularity among voters starts to fadeThat's reassuring since (heaven forbid) Bush isn't running for any office...
Miss me yet?
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.
Actually, that’s the thing Bush deserves at least some blame for.
How could we tell if you were ever missing?
Sorry, but that’s the way I see it.
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.
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.
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.
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?
What? “Blame Bush” is not a good campaign strategy anymore? Uh oh!!! LOL...
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!
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.
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.
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.
Total BS! Based on what, the reporter's ouiji board?
“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.
“I dont recall Bush ever mentioning Clintons 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.
See my tagline.
Wasn't this the basis for the Newsweek "We Are All Socialists Now" cover?
Oh man, that is FUNNY!
That is freaking scary.
Really, now what was the name of that ding bat he wanted to appoint????
Jimmuh is the happiest person in America these days.
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.
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.
It wasn't that Bush tried and failed to do this, he just didn't try at all.