WH strategy for midterms: BushBushBushBushBush

posted at 6:00 pm on May 22, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Well, it worked twice before, didn’t it?  Why not just pull the Halliburton meme out of mothballs and use that, too?  Actually, that one won’t work nearly as well for Barack Obama this time, and since the Obama administration has run out of defenses for its poor performance, they’ll rely on a rerun of their main 2008 campaign bogeyman script:

President Barack Obama is trying to ride the wave of anti-incumbency by taking on an unpopular politician steeped in the partisan ways of Washington.

It doesn’t matter that George W. Bush left office 16 months ago.

The White House’s mid-term election strategy is becoming clear – pit the Democrats of 2010 against the Republicans circa 2006, 2008 and 2009, including Bush.

It’s a lot to ask an angry, finicky electorate to sort out. And even if Obama can rightfully make the case that the economy took a turn for the worse under Bush’s watch, he’s already made it – in 2008 and repeatedly in 2009.

It’s not clear that voters still want to hear it.

Gee, maybe that’s because Obama has had the job himself for those sixteen months, and most people don’t see any improvement in the economy.  Instead, they see a runaway Democratic Congress making George Bush look like Ebenezer Scrooge, while noting that terrorist attacks have suddenly started coming to fruition after a year of political correctness run amuck in counterterrorism efforts.  National debt is skyrocketing, and Obama’s planned budget deficits dwarf anything seen during the Bush years.

Perhaps the comparison is more damaging than helpful, apart from Obama’s attempt to dodge accountability.  Bush took office during a recession and then had to deal with a smaller financial collapse following 9/11.  Neither of those events created double-digit inflation, and the recovery time was much shorter thanks to strong signals of pro-growth policies in their aftermath.  After sixteen months, voters tend to notice the differences, and the recent bad news on employment and on growth make those comparisons even more relevant.

Mostly, though, it points to the emptiness of the Obama oeuvre when it comes to this election.  His policies haven’t created growth, and the only real legislative accomplishment was to pass (after several months of having filibuster-proof majorities) a bill so unpopular that the White House is still trying to sell it.  He has done little to nothing about Iran, seems intent on distancing the US from Israel and the UK while bowing and scraping to China and Russia.  With that kind of track record, Obama has nothing else to talk about but Bush — and that will not fool anyone in 2010.


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I’m beginning to think Obama might not be too disappointed if Republicans take over Congress in 2010. They will have to offer an agenda: cut spending. That is going to be unpopular with a lot of people and it is easily demogoged, as we saw in 1994-1996. Obama will be able to run against that in 2012.

chris999 on May 22, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Hera on May 22, 2010 at 8:44 PM

however, they have the msm on their side who will definitely blame the gop and w for them…

cmsinaz on May 22, 2010 at 8:51 PM

The GOP better be making some graphs and getting their facts straight.

nondhimmie on May 22, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Well,when your brain is warped!!
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Krugman Says Obama Doesn’t Blame Bush Enough?

http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/19183

canopfor on May 22, 2010 at 8:54 PM

I’m beginning to think Obama might not be too disappointed if Republicans take over Congress in 2010. They will have to offer an agenda: cut spending. That is going to be unpopular with a lot of people and it is easily demogoged, as we saw in 1994-1996. Obama will be able to run against that in 2012.

chris999 on May 22, 2010 at 8:50 PM

I agree with you. I actually don’t want the Repubs to take back control of Congress…just cut into the Dems super majority. We need enough Republicans to stop stupid legislation, but not enough to where Obama can blame the Repubs in 2012. This puts Repubs in a better position to over take Congress and the WH. Is that bad of me?

ramrants on May 22, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Oh this is juicy,reporter asks Reagan a question
about blame,and does he take any responsibility!!
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Ronald Reagan`s Funny answer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRUbwnkEPqc

canopfor on May 22, 2010 at 8:59 PM

There are thousands of videos to be used against the Democrats just by their own actions…

… Counter with the truth. Start with their involvement in the economic collapse, run the “we have to pass this bill in order to find out what’s in it”, then finish with Obowma himself dissing American Citizens for trying to stay alive because the Federal Government does not want to secure the borders.

Oh, I could go on, but you get the point…

Seven Percent Solution on May 22, 2010 at 9:02 PM

I’m beginning to think Obama might not be too disappointed if Republicans take over Congress in 2010. They will have to offer an agenda: cut spending. That is going to be unpopular with a lot of people and it is easily demogoged, as we saw in 1994-1996. Obama will be able to run against that in 2012.

chris999 on May 22, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Would it be better if Nancy Pelosi retained power by a few bluedog seats?

PrezHussein on May 22, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Blame Bush again?

Is that all ya got, punk?

fogw on May 22, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Anyway, have another glass. On us…

karl9000 on May 22, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Whay, whay, whay…I’m not so think as you drunk I am. (Hic!)

No, serially…I am so hoping the are planning on the “Blame Bush” strategy…Conservative Porn! Bring it on!

Chewy the Lab on May 22, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Lockstein13 on May 22, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Score!

Mirimichi on May 22, 2010 at 9:20 PM

I’m beginning to think Obama might not be too disappointed if Republicans take over Congress in 2010. They will have to offer an agenda: cut spending. That is going to be unpopular with a lot of people and it is easily demogoged, as we saw in 1994-1996. Obama will be able to run against that in 2012.

chris999 on May 22, 2010 at 8:50 PM

I think you’re spot on about Obama thinking he may be better off with a Republican majority. Howevah, I think his rationale–such as it is–is based on his being awesomely-awesome in his awesomeness.
I sincerely believe he is Don Quixote on drugs! This dude really, truly does think he’s the second coming (only not from a Christian perspective).
If he has a ‘Pub majority for the last two years of the first leg of his ascendancy, he can slap them down daily, hold forth on his magnificent agenda, and, um part the seas in his spare time…between golf outings and scrimmage games.
As his superior superiorness becomes more and more apparent, more and more Americans will realize the error of their ways (these will be among the most loyal of his minions, Praise Be to Him [Obama]).
The American people will then be falling all over themselves to get a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot (or just cede the right to amend the constitution to the prez), to allow for a president to be elected for life.

Yup, I do truly think he’s this epfing squirrelly…I think the guy is three tacos short of a combination plate.

Chewy the Lab on May 22, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Blame Bush again?

Is that all ya got, punk?

fogw on May 22, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Pretty much.
Hell, I could sit and do ads all day long. RNC not so much. I will only send my money to individuals. RNC gets the begging letters back with fishing sinkers. Still haven’t gotten the hint.

katy the mean old lady on May 22, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Save the Republic! We must take the House over in November. Citizens, do your duty and VOTE. I’d love it if Onothing blamed Bush. Make my day.

Mojave Mark on May 22, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Obama has nothing else to talk about but Bush — and that will not fool anyone in 2010.

sure he’s got something to talk about—SEN Coakley, GOV Deeds, GOV Corzine and SEN Specter—let him talk about them. Let him talk about the PC failure of MAJ Nidal Hassan, Awlaki and how he should be whacked along with his email BFFs—UFA and Shahzad Faisal and the plots that could’ve killed hundreds of Americans. He can chit chat about those things. He can talk about the failure to secure the sovereignty of the southern border and his lackadaisacal work ethic that can get two things done—jack and squat.

ted c on May 22, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Its rather myopic to allow Nazi Peloser and Scary Reid to maintain control.

One of them or both has to be wiped off the map.

Harry will lose in November, so he’s gone but with the Senate in Fascist hands, they can still confirm judges (mostly) and ram thru some legislation guys like Brown won’t object to, so we need 46-48 votes to counter that garbage. Lose one or two in various votes, you still stop the crap from getting thru.

In the House, Pelosi retires if they lose the House, which is what we need the most. Stop that, you can stop the bleeding. Start cutting dept budgets and end the cancer of deficits hurting our country. Make Obama’s deficits the object of the campaign along with the job losses it brings and we have a House Speaker that isn’t mentally deranged.

JP1986UM on May 22, 2010 at 10:08 PM

R u sh*ttin’ me?

That is all.

tree hugging sister on May 22, 2010 at 10:09 PM

DelDole- ever hear of Pavlov?

You’re hilarious.

CWforFreedom on May 22, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Studied him in college in Boston as a matter of fact.

Don’t understand your point however.

Del Dolemonte on May 22, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Now that George W Bush lives in Dallas, Texas, I wonder if he wants stronger border security?

Dr Evil on May 22, 2010 at 8:28 PM

In the neighborhood he lives in, the only illegals he’ll ever see are in his yard. It is one of the most exclusive hoods in Dallas.

mrsmwp on May 22, 2010 at 10:43 PM

Some day, the young fella’s testicle will drop and he become a man and assume the responsibilities of manhood. Until that time, we have to put up with nonsense like this.

kurtzz3 on May 22, 2010 at 11:28 PM

He has done little to nothing about Iran, seems intent on distancing the US from Israel and the UK while bowing and scraping to China and Russia.

Don’t forget the bashing of AZ internationally and in the House.

antisocial on May 22, 2010 at 11:31 PM

I agree with you. I actually don’t want the Repubs to take back control of Congress…just cut into the Dems super majority. We need enough Republicans to stop stupid legislation, but not enough to where Obama can blame the Repubs in 2012. This puts Repubs in a better position to over take Congress and the WH. Is that bad of me?

ramrants on May 22, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Yes, that is bad of you. This bunch is so bad, they cannot be left with their hands on any amount of power. The Republicans will need to grow spines and constantly get the message out by all means possible, even if it means bypassing the MSM (heck Obummer is doing that,the leaders of the House and Senate should be able to do so as well). We absolutely cannot take the mindset that with a little bit of majority, they won’t be so dangerous. Look what they were able to do by demagoguery during the pre-2006 timeframe with only 49 Senators.

The dems are too dangerous to play silly strategy games with them. Their defeat at the earliest possible time is imperative to save the republic.

AZfederalist on May 22, 2010 at 11:44 PM

When your only tool is a hammer all your problems start to look like nails.

Fred 2 on May 22, 2010 at 11:46 PM

We need enough Republicans to stop stupid legislation, but not enough to where Obama can blame the Repubs in 2012.
Is that bad of me?

ramrants on May 22, 2010 at 8:58 PM

As bad as it sounds, I agree.

I say let the libs have it, lock, stock and barrel. OWN IT.

By the time 2012 comes around, even the libtards on Saturday Night Live will be openly weeping and actively campaigning for Republicans.

BacaDog on May 23, 2010 at 12:15 AM

wonderful photograph. thanks.

albertpale on May 23, 2010 at 12:39 AM

an afterthought: if he had any love for this country and a sense/knowledge of history, he would resign this very moment. sadly, the first “experiment” this beautiful country undertook with a black president goes to the dogs. could have been such a watershed. what a pity.

albertpale on May 23, 2010 at 12:59 AM

As bad as it sounds, I agree.

I say let the libs have it, lock, stock and barrel. OWN IT.

By the time 2012 comes around, even the libtards on Saturday Night Live will be openly weeping and actively campaigning for Republicans.

BacaDog on May 23, 2010 at 12:15 AM

Man, they already own it. If we have to wait until 2012, there won’t be anything left to sweep up. Two Trillion dollars more debt, more encroachment on individual liberties, Obamacare funding well underway, more corporate takeovers, cap and trade, comprehensive (i.e, amnesty with no border fence) immigration reform. It’s not even two years yet since the regime came to power, another 2+ years will destroy the republic. We need to make sure that the dems are swept from the House and Senate as much as possible, as soon as possible. This idea that a little bit of majority for them and relying on the Blue Dogs (how’d that work out for health care reform) to keep an even keel is insanity.

AZfederalist on May 23, 2010 at 1:00 AM

The Democrats took over congress in January 2007. The recession started in December 2007. Unemployment rate for 2007 was 4.6%. It’s all Bush’s fault.

Jasper61 on May 23, 2010 at 1:02 AM

…while ignoring the economy and jobs.

This will ‘kill’ him, in addition to all the blunders on security. If he and his believe otherwise, they assume that all the people who vote in the U.S. are utter morons.

Accountability is for children!

Schadenfreude on May 22, 2010 at 6:06 PM

..got news for you pal, most of the people who vote in the U.S. are utter morons!

The War Planner on May 23, 2010 at 3:04 AM

The Republicans have to take over the House in November in order to stop the crazy Obama agenda and its uncontrolled spending and his march to socialism. He is breaking the US apart with the help of Pelosi and Reid. If the Republicans take over the House, they can reverse, defund and stop all of what Obama has set up. This country started to go to Hell when the democrats took over in 2007. We have got to take our country back in November. And it starts with the House. Maybe not the Senate but if we could even out the numbers we can at least have some bipartisanship work done perhaps or am I a dreamer?

KCinLV on May 23, 2010 at 3:24 AM

I’m beginning to think Obama might not be too disappointed if Republicans take over Congress in 2010. They will have to offer an agenda: cut spending. That is going to be unpopular with a lot of people and it is easily demogoged, as we saw in 1994-1996. Obama will be able to run against that in 2012.

Yeah, because them retaining power won’t make them act as if that means they have a mandate and just pass more damaging legislation.

How about this: in 2012 instead of running someone like Bob Dole we run someone who offers real alternatives to liberalism. Conservatives need to stop acting like we win because of bad liberal legislation and ideas and instead realize that we win when we offer good conservative legislation and ideas. Romney is the Bob Dole choice in 2012, we need someone else.

cpaulus on May 23, 2010 at 4:12 AM

He’s a one trick pony one the campaign trail.
Buuussshhh eeevvviiilll

lwssdd on May 23, 2010 at 4:24 AM

NOPE — You got it dead wrong. It’s run to the RIGHT of Conservatives.

When will Conservatives ever figure it out.

tarpon on May 23, 2010 at 6:51 AM

Obama….too stupid to get it right, and when people notice, he blames Boooooosh!

Hope and Change? How about “Dope and Blame”?

csdeven on May 23, 2010 at 7:11 AM

I’m beginning to think Obama might not be too disappointed if Republicans take over Congress in 2010. They will have to offer an agenda: cut spending. That is going to be unpopular with a lot of people and it is easily demogoged, as we saw in 1994-1996. Obama will be able to run against that in 2012.
chris999 on May 22, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Therefore, the Pubs may be better off if they just take back the House. The socialist advance stops but they can’t be solely blamed by the 0 for whatever ever happens over the next two years.

tommyboy on May 23, 2010 at 7:37 AM

I’d like to see a group picture of all the idiots that voted for this incompetent lunatic.

rplat on May 23, 2010 at 7:46 AM

Therefore, the Pubs may be better off if they just take back the House. The socialist advance stops but they can’t be solely blamed by the 0 for whatever ever happens over the next two years.

tommyboy on May 23, 2010 at 7:37 AM

IF the reps start acting like conservatives again, Obama wont have anything to hold over their heads. But we all know with RINO turds like McCain and Graham in the senate, the soft Progressive policies that Americans hate will be the SOP. Yet there is hope….the Tea Party candidates are gathering steam and may have enough power to stop the RINO’s. Then in 2012 we elect more Tea Party cndidates and vote out that despicable traitor Obama and his Progressive America hating minions.

csdeven on May 23, 2010 at 8:29 AM

I’d like to see a group picture of all the idiots that voted for this incompetent lunatic.

rplat on May 23, 2010 at 7:46 AM

By 2012 we wont be able to find many who will admit it.

csdeven on May 23, 2010 at 8:30 AM

If the Obamessiah were smart, he would avoid campaigning for the midterms so he could portray himself as too busy trying to help the country. Of course this would require him to put his ego aside and give up speechmaking theatrics, which is too much to ask of him.

Speedwagon82 on May 23, 2010 at 8:36 AM

The Democrats took over congress in January 2007. The recession started in December 2007. Unemployment rate for 2007 was 4.6%. It’s all Bush’s fault.

Jasper61 on May 23, 2010

Great point but good luck getting Katie and Matt and the rest of the Obama fluffers and stenographers to tell that story.

Extrafishy on May 23, 2010 at 8:42 AM

In case you haven’t caught on yet, yes, this is all they’ve got.

The democrats stand for nothing, and haven’t for some time. Everything they supposedly stand for is done so by pitting supporters against the opposition.

Why should we pass health care? Because those evil Republicans make up lies about it and want poor people to die.

Why should we pass Cap and Trade? Because those evil Republicans don’t care about the planet and only care about the evil oil companies?

Enforce the border? See Arizona and the racist Republicans.

Responsible spending? Bush!!11

Nothing they supposedly stand for can stand on it’s own, they have to demonize anyone who opposes them and build division.

Republicans need to figure out a better way of exposing this to the public, because the media won’t.

cntrlfrk on May 23, 2010 at 8:50 AM

The public polls are pretty well settled on this one. Yes, the traditional GOPers were, indeed, a part of the problem. But that’s also why they aren’t faring quite as well in more conservative areas these days.

AnninCA on May 23, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Don’t these goofs realize a lot more people are missing Bush after 16 months of their take over everything that moves agenda? Seems to me that they will be pointing out their own failures by pointing a finger at Bush.

Kissmygrits on May 23, 2010 at 9:14 AM

I love GWB

I wish obama would retire to. Stand of trees in Indonesia and spend the rest of his days boring orangatangs

Sonosam on May 23, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Coming up this election season: re-runs!

Everyone loves re-runs… right? Gets much better the second or third time around, right? Well the fan base might love it, if it doesn’t get too stale, too wacko, as George Lucas found out.

So instead perhaps it is a remake? The first time drama… the second time as farce.

Oh, wait, that usually doesn’t work out so well either.

Are we sure these fossils have thawed out of the Cold War, yet? Because their talking points sure seem to be mired in it, what with sanctions galore, nuclear pacts that can’t be enforced, and not bothering to stand up to tyrants and dictators because they might ‘help’ us. The more the Democrats retread this stuff, the more it sounds stale, ancient, and belonging in a by-gone era. Such quaint beliefs…antiquainted and stuck on things they once fervently believed that are now meaningless to the common man. Their threat to liberty and freedom remain, however, just as it did the first time around. Thusly their credit is poisonous and the only thing they are left with is attacking…too bad the venom in their bloodstream is now worse than that in their fangs.

ajacksonian on May 23, 2010 at 10:49 AM

They should run on theie accomplishments:

– the Stimulus
– ObamaCare
– only missing the terrorists with faulty bombs

Chuck Schick on May 23, 2010 at 11:09 AM

There were a great many problems with W, but our nation’s big problems can clearly be traced back to 1-20-2006. The year that the Donkeys took control of Congress.

MJBrutus on May 23, 2010 at 11:43 AM

however, they have the msm on their side who will definitely blame the gop and w for them…
cmsinaz on May 22, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Buggywhip makers are firmly in the Dem camp too.

Akzed on May 23, 2010 at 1:42 PM

I agree with you. I actually don’t want the Repubs to take back control of Congress…just cut into the Dems super majority. We need enough Republicans to stop stupid legislation, but not enough to where Obama can blame the Repubs …..

ramrants on May 22, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Even with those super majorities, the O administration and thei lackeys in the MSm have been doing that for his entire term. The Ts are painted as ‘obstructionists’ even when the Dems have had these super majorities.

Red State State of Mind on May 23, 2010 at 4:24 PM

There were a great many problems with W, but our nation’s big problems can clearly be traced back to 1-20-2006. The year that the Donkeys took control of Congress.

MJBrutus on May 23, 2010 at 11:43 AM

GWB still had veto power and should have started using it well before 2006.

jpmn on May 24, 2010 at 12:16 PM

OK, 80% Obama/Pelosi and 20% Bush. Whatever (though I’m no fan of the fiscally weak-kneed GWB). Whomever is at fault in the past, one thing about the future is clear: whatever policies the Democrats propose we should do the opposite and the country will be better off.

MTF on May 24, 2010 at 3:30 PM

We have a jackass juvenile delinquent for president, that’s all that needs to be said.

You sniveling little pr**k, you’re sending men and women to fight and die overseas, and this is the best you can come up with?

I’d like to slap his stupid face off of his cement head.

America deserves better than this.

NoDonkey on May 24, 2010 at 4:41 PM

The GOP better be making some graphs and getting their facts straight.

Oh please. Bloggers will carry their water as they did for Bush and make the case better than the GOP and have more clout too. GOP is fairly irrelevant at this point.

YehuditTX on May 24, 2010 at 5:25 PM

all bush all the time…….oh wait, not that….um nevermind…….

RealMc on May 24, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Well, it’s clear he can’t run on Obama, Obama, Obama. So all that’s left for the Bamster is Boosh, Boosh, Booooooooosh.

petefrt on May 24, 2010 at 9:01 PM

It’s “amok” not “amuck”. No argument otherwise – carry on.

peolesdru on May 24, 2010 at 11:36 PM

The GOP isnt at the helm. .O. and the Dems are. Lay this crap right at their feet where it belongs. B.O. think sthis IS the 60’s still.

AND CLEAN UP THAT OIL! Your stinkin up the place B.O.

johnnyU on May 25, 2010 at 8:10 AM

That’s not going to work as well this time. In fact, with Obama’s approval rating somewhere around 42% you might even say he’s hovering in Bush territory himself….

dczombie on May 25, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Under Bush:

5% average unemployment, maxed out at 6.4% in 2008.
record high stock market
9.7 Trillion national debt.
100 million deficit in 2007.
NO terrorist attacks on American soil since 9/11/01.
WINNING in Iraq and Afghanistan.
NO expansion by Russia, China or in the middle east.
Hurrine Katrina legacy, even though Bush said “GET OUT” 3 days BEFORE it hit.
record home ownership at low interest rates.
low defaults on home loans.

under Obowma

17.2% REAL unemployment, includes those who quit looking for work.
stock market tanked, lost 50%, TRILLIONS in personal wealth.
14.9 TRILLION national debt.
2 trillion deficit for 2009.
FOUR terrorist attacks on American soil since 2008.
WINNING in Iraq & Afghanistan, one area he has done OK.
Expansion by Russia, China and in the middle east by Iran.
Iran getting a nu-cu-lar weapon.
BP oil spill, 30 DAYS AND STILL NO PROGRESS BY THE FEDS?
record home defaulting, record loan foreclosures.

RIGHT, ALL GW BUSH’S FAULT?

dthorny on May 25, 2010 at 10:04 AM

If Obowa and company CLAIM they were in the gulf reviewing this oil spill “SINCE DAY ONE”, the same reasoning applies to the White House mistakes since 1/20/2009.

OBOWMA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING SINCE HIS ELECTION.

dthorny on May 25, 2010 at 10:13 AM