Rasmussen: Days of blaming Bush are over

posted at 10:12 am on August 2, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

For the last two years, Democrats have blamed George W. Bush for all of the nation’s woes — and that meme has had a surprisingly long shelf life.   Even a year after Barack Obama passed his Porkulus plan that supposedly would keep unemployment below 8% and instead lead to a generational nadir in employment, voters still bought the idea that Bush was more to blame for the current economy than the people in charge of Congress for the past four years and the man in the White House for the last eighteen months.  Rasmussen says the days of Obama’s whine and moroses have come to an end:

For the first since President Obama took office, voters see his policies as equally to blame with those of President George W. Bush for the country’s current economic problems.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters now think Obama’s policies are to blame for the continuing bad economy, up three points from last month. Forty-seven percent (47%) say the recession that began under Bush is at fault.

With voters across the country expressing stronger belief that the economy is getting worse rather than better, these new findings spell potential bad news for Democratic candidates this fall. The president is already planning to limit his campaign appearances with candidates because of potential voter backlash.

The problem for Obama and the Democrats is that the even split doesn’t occur through the demographics.  Men blame Obama by 13, 55/42, while women blame Bush 52/42.  The biggest problem for Democrats will be independents, where a majority blame Obama, 52/44.  Seniors blame Obama by the widest margin, 58/39, and they’re likely to turn out this year.

After eighteen months and a trillion dollars in spending have left us with lower employment levels than at any time in the past generation, Obama finally owns the economy.  He bought it with our grandchildren’s money.

John Kerry, meanwhile, says that the furshlugginger press just hasn’t been nice enough to Democrats.  Instead of covering the greatness of financial-regulation reform, the media chased Shirley Sherrod and missed Obama’s brilliance.  Of course, Obama helped that along by hysterically cutting Sherrod loose and then having to backtrack to offer her job back, but Kerry seems to forget that part of the story.  Click the image to watch:

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Ed, you crack me up! Yiddish and Mad Magazine references on a Monday morning?

Terrie on August 2, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Has Kerry released his military records yet?

albill on August 2, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Only to 3 friendly reporters.

Strangely enough, this yacht story first broke on the 2,000 day anniversary of his “promise” to release all of his records to the public. We’re still waiting.

Del Dolemonte on August 2, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Obama helped that along by hysterically cutting Sherrod loose and then having to backtrack to offer her job back, but Kerry seems to forget that part of the story…

Botox Rex The Ketchup King also seems to have difficulty when it comes to knowing the difference between a yacht and a sailboat.

pilamaye on August 2, 2010 at 12:49 PM

My understanding is that the millions of job losses under Obama have hit men much worse than women. That would likely explain a lot of this discrepancy. Women are still living in a 2006 economy, but men don’t have that luxury anymore. (Please don’t take offense, ladies, I’m talking about broad trends here, not individuals.)

jwolf on August 2, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Your explanation of the discrepancy is quite valid. Men have been harder hit it this economy. Their ability to be primary breadwinners and home-providers for the family has been seriously compromised.

This is just anecdotal, but I have observed in my own neighborhood that homes are being purchased mostly by women and that these women are employed in government service or education sectors.

The buffoon Kerry has absolutely no idea of the damage that the FinReg bill will impose on the economy. His pride in its passage says much about what an economic dunce he is.

onlineanalyst on August 2, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Oh, and the women who are not employed are watching “The View,” where they get up-to-the-minute BlameBush and the Republicans and the TEA party talking points.

onlineanalyst on August 2, 2010 at 12:55 PM

GrannyDee:Oh boy, “Broad Tents”,looks around for roaming
Grizzily Mamas!!:)

canopfor on August 2, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Speaking of broad tents: Did you see that fashion statement of Hillary’s for the pre-nuptial dinner? My goodness, it was a cross between an Omar-the-tentmaker burkha and some 1950’s living-room drapes. Bill, on the other hand, was dressed as if he was ready to relax at the 19th hole. Did the Clintons dress for the function in each other’s sight?

onlineanalyst on August 2, 2010 at 1:02 PM

This is a depression.

AnninCA on August 2, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Correction: This is a Soros-instigated depression, compounded by our federal government’s intrusion in housing, banking, and the money supply. Similar events were occurring in other countries, too, but their currencies were also tied to the stability of our dollar. Nations have spent more in delivering social programs than they are generating in wealth to sustain them.

onlineanalyst on August 2, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Yeah, I’d really like Kerry to explain why his ‘discharge’ had to go before a ‘review board’.

Mine doesn’t say anything about having to be ‘reviewed’.

When are those idiots in Mass. going to get rid of this carpetbagging fool?

GarandFan on August 2, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Kerry does not have a clue, the smallest clue,about what an ass he is.

jeanie on August 2, 2010 at 1:20 PM

One last thing, do any of the blame Bush crowd remember who controlled Congress his last two years in office? Do any of those people know who makes the budget and then allocates the money for that budget? How on earth could GWB be responsible for this mess? Look at a chart of job creation under Bush. It starts slow and then builds quickly until 2007 and rapidly declines in 2008. Guess what happened in ‘07 and ‘08? hat’s right Congress was taken over by the Demorats!

Conservatives and Republicans are missing a golden opportunity to educate the stay-at-home, daytime television viewers regarding the economy. Snappy informational spots by organizations like Heritage or by candidates could inform the clueless about why their finances are in trouble and how lower taxes and a less-intrusive government will get them back into the workforce, lessen their cost of food and fuel, and put value back into their home investments.

Letting the viewing public learn how government healthcare/insurance lessens the quality of their care and gets between them and their healthcare provider would wise people up in a hurry.

onlineanalyst on August 2, 2010 at 1:36 PM

OxyCon is absolutely right. The year 2006 was the year the demonrats regained the Congress. The rest is history.

volsense on August 2, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Men blame Obama by 13, 55/42, while women blame Bush 52/42. The biggest problem for Democrats will be independents, where a majority blame Obama, 52/44. Seniors blame Obama by the widest margin, 58/39, and they’re likely to turn out this year.

All of those numbers show widespread ignorance. Bush may not have been the best economics president, but it’s absurd to blame him at all for the current recession, with the single exception of pushing through the original TARP when he was told it had to be done to avert disaster.

The economy was good under Bush, even though it got hit with the dot-com-bubble bursting and 9/11. It wasn’t until the Democrats took power in Congress that the economy went into the toilet, and the single biggest cause was shenanigans in FNMA/FRMC leading to a government-supported housing bubble.

And Bush tried multiple times to get Congress to address it, but by that time the Democrats controlled it and were not about to listen.

Yeah, Bush spent too much, and can be at least partly blamed for deficit spending. But that wasn’t what destroyed the economy.

tom on August 2, 2010 at 3:24 PM

I know my husband and I were better off when Bush was in office. No doubt about it and I doubt that we are alone.

Terrye on August 2, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Elitist whining, like nails on a chalk board.

IowaWoman on August 2, 2010 at 4:04 PM

TARP was loans, right? And those loans were supposed to be paid back and used to pay down the deficit. I keep hearing that most of the banks have paid back the TARP funds. Anyone know what percentage of the total TARP program that is? Anyone know what happened to the repaid funds? Were they used to pay down the deficit, or did Obama use them for his private slush fund? I think the Republicans are losing a great opportunity to explain the difference between TARP funds and bailouts, and to question just where those repaid funds are now. If they were paid back, the paid back money needs to be subtracted from Bush’s totals, and if they were not used to pay down the deficit, they should be added to Obama’s. Main question is, where are the paid back funds now?

oldoldbabs on August 2, 2010 at 4:04 PM

while women blame Bush 52/42.

I agree with women saying they are much more intelligent than men. Who passed the amendment to let them vote?

chickasaw42 on August 2, 2010 at 4:48 PM

You can’t even blame George III now…


callingallcomets on August 2, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Barack Obama, John Kerry hardest hit.

Now that’s funny, I don’t care who you are.

2ipa on August 2, 2010 at 6:14 PM

As we all know the Obama deficits will haunt forever. Will the left allow anyone to blame him when he is done? /

CWforFreedom on August 2, 2010 at 6:56 PM