Skip to comments.Obama ties Bush to Romney (Why not link Hussein to Carter?)
Posted on 09/10/2012 2:49:49 PM PDT by Libloather
Obama ties Bush to Romney
By Justin Sink and Amie Parnes - 09/10/12 05:01 PM ET
President Obama is using the still unpopular former President George W. Bush to gain an edge on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Obama rarely points direct blame on Bush for the sluggish U.S. economy, but implicit in his forward campaign message and his relentless attacks on Romney is that a vote for the Republican ticket would bring the country back to the policies of the Bush administration.
The strategy one that Obama has unleashed since the spring has created a difficult problem for Romney's campaign, which must both sell an economic vision for the future and defend against charges that it is offering a rehash of Bush-era policies that remain unpopular with many voters.
So far, Romney has had a difficult time distinguishing his brand of Republicanism from Bush's, a problem that helped sink Arizona Sen. John McCain's campaign against Obama in 2008.
At least one former Bush administration official argues Romney must use the few remaining months of the campaign to draw a stronger distinction including by criticizing Bushs policies, if necessary.
This election is not about President Bush, it's only about Gov. Romney and his aspirations, said Tony Fratto, who served as deputy press secretary to Bush. Thats what any campaign for president is always about. Gov. Romney should do whatever they think is best for him to get elected.
All of us in the Bush administration have thick skin and we can defend ourselves, he added. We're not looking for anyone to defend us.
Republicans strategists and advisers say Romney must follow Bill Clintons path from 1992, the last time an incumbent president was defeated.
Clinton knew he could not be perceived as another Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale or Michael Dukakis, three previous Democratic presidential candidates who all had been perceived as passive or weak. So he carved out relatively conservative positions on issues like the death penalty while highlighting scrappy parts of his background, including his birth to a single mother and battles with an alcoholic stepfather.
Similarly, Romney cannot afford to have voters perceive his campaign as offering warmed-over versions of Bush-era policies.
Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University, said Romney cant unburden himself from Bushs legacy without addressing it.
They're trying to distance themselves from Bush by never mentioning him, Jillson said. They have to be able to tell people who are concerned about the last few years why their version of the Republican agenda will help jump start the economy and they haven't done that yet.
Obama has seized on the lingering unpopularity of Bush by seeking to tie Romney to the previous president.
In speech after speech, he refers to Bush without mentioning him by name, using some version of we're moving forward, not backward while questioning why the country would want to go back to the policies that got us into this mess.
In statements, Obama campaign spokesmen argue vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) rubber-stamped Bushs policies, which they say exploded the deficit and crashed the economy. Ryan and Romney would repeat those mistakes, they say.
Romney subscribes to the flawed theory that tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, coupled with greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy, said Adam Fetcher, a spokesman with the Obama campaign.
While Fratto agrees that the "Forward" slogan transparently links Bush to Romney, he said it lacked substance and heft and therefore could be exploited by a smart Republican defense.
They're saying Go forward without any policies outlined, he said. The only thing we know about a second Obama administration is that they want to defend the achievements of the first Obama administration and they want to tax people.
Romney seemed to acknowledge the slogan's potency while looking to undermine it during a campaign stop Monday in Mansfield, Ohio.
I think forewarned is a better term, not forward, Romney said.
Republican strategists say there are limitations to the Obama strategy.
Voters are tiring over Obama blaming the economy on his predecessors; recent polls have shown that for the first time, more blame Obama for the lagging economy than Bush.
I don't hear them saying the name anymore, noted Republican adviser Ron Bonjean.
During the same speech in Ohio on Monday, Romney was interrupted by a supporter who yelled out, "It's not Bush's fault!"
Yeah! Romney responded, to a loud cheer from the crowd.
The Romney campaign insists it is unconcerned about Obamas attempts to link Romney to Bush, and feels it can effectively and substantively attack the Democratic economic record in October's debates.
The Obama campaigns efforts to connect Mitt with Ws policies are little more than a smokescreen to cover up the fact that Obamas policies of overspending with little accountability have put our country is a worse position than when he took office, said a Romney aide.
And Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak says that to launch a Clinton-esque effort to reform the Republican Party brand would be out of character for Romney.
Clinton really relished the opportunity to change how the Democratic Party was perceived, he ran for president wanting to revolutionize the party and it was very natural for him to do that, Mackowiak said. Romney is not running to revolutionize the Republican Party, he's running to fix the economy.
I don't think he's even going to be an aggressive party leader if he's president, I think he's going to be so focused on the job, that's going to be almost secondary for him, Mackowiak continued.
But even if Romney can't launch a total rebranding of the Republican Party, he will still need to escape the specter of the Bush administration and find an economic message that resonates better with voters.
Too much of the focus has been on Medicare because of the pick of Paul Ryan, Medicare and the federal budget, said one Republican adviser. They need to amp up what they would actually do to solve the financial crisis.
Obama rarely points direct blame on Bush for the sluggish U.S. economy”
I reckon sink and parnes are both demoncrat liars for satan then.
To Carter? he should be tied to Lenin.
our homes are worth less.....
But instead the Romney campaign will probably say "I'm not trying to go back to the Bush years" like he did about Reagan during the Romney/Kennedy debates.
Better yet, link him to his mentor Frank Marshall Davis the communist or domestic terrorist Bill Ayers who plotted with the weather underground to bomb Fort Dix.
Link him to Mao, Che, Karl, Vladimir, Josef, Beelzebubba, Lucifer - he's got close ties to all of them.
All the Republicans need to do is keep drumming on the stinking laundry list of Obama's economy. What are they - blind?
List after list of the worst - you name it - in 50 years!! Working class people know it.
Why would the country want to go back to the 'in the tank' policies of Obama unless they are brain dead?!!
Can he point to what specific Bush policies caused the problem? It can't be tax rates because he renewed the Bush rates in 2010. Can't be he wars because he's kept Bush's timetables.
Can he explain why he has to engage in "persistent experimentation like FDR" to fix the economy and failure in four years will somehow turn things around in four more?
He has no case, he only has race. That's what he's running on.
He wants to go forward ... to FDR.
Not the same thing. Carter is an improvement one thousand fold, over zer0bama
Simple. The media won't cooperate.
The task is to link Obama ...to Obama. Why is that so hard?
The GOP is so stupid.
Let them tie Mittens to “W”. Then blitz the airwaves with the following:
“W” 2008, price of gas? Under $2
BeeHOe 2012, price of gas? Over $4 pushing toward the $5 that BeeHOe is on video saying he wants.
“W” 2008, New York strip steak, $2.99lb
BeeHOe 2012, New York strip $7.99lb
Repeat after me: PRICE OF GAS, PRICE OF FOOD.
Hammer those two things only. Don’t get sidetracked with jobs, jobs, jobs. The RATZ are spinning that and feeble minded people just can’t see past the propaganda.
Stick to something even an idiot can understand: PRICE OF GAS, PRICE OF FOOD.
The sticker shock at the gas pump CAN’T BE SPUN. And the RATZ know it, that’s why you don’t hear diddly peep from the Baghdad Bobs of the MSM.
Oh yea, when “W” was at the helm, these same bung heads panted breathlessly EVERY NIGHT how the price of gas went up by TWO STINKING CENTS.
In Texas, price of gas took a seventeen cent jump, OVER NIGHT!
So, you pubbies, whenever some RATZ or newsy news type asks you about stupid stuff like abortion or jobz, just KISS it and repeat the mantra:
PRICE OF GAS, PRICE OF FOOD
Even the moron stupid people can understand that.
PRICE OF GAS, PRICE OF FOOD
Even the moron stupid people can understand that."
I agree. Half of the 'gimme' population like being on the dole & don't give a darn about jobs!!!
They DO like driving around & eating - so that just might ring a bell with them.