New poll shows Obama getting the most blame for the bad economy

posted at 9:21 am on July 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

In 2009, Barack Obama predicted that he had only three years to turn the American economy around.  “Look,” Obama told the Today audience, “if I can’t turn the economy around in three years, I will be looking at a one-term proposition.”  With the economy stuck in stagnation and starting to slide backwards toward recession, voters have decided Obama is right.  A new poll from The Hill shows that two-thirds of likely voters blame bad economic policy for the current state of the economy — and more blame Obama than anyone else:

Two-thirds of likely voters say the weak economy is Washington’s fault, and more blame President Obama than anybody else, according to a new poll for The Hill.

It found that 66 percent believe paltry job growth and slow economic recovery is the result of bad policy. Thirty-four percent say Obama is the most to blame, followed by 23 percent who say Congress is the culprit. Twenty percent point the finger at Wall Street, and 18 percent cite former President George W. Bush. …

The poll, conducted for The Hill by Pulse Opinion Research, found 53 percent of voters say Obama has taken the wrong actions and has slowed the economy down. Forty-two percent said he has taken the right actions to revive the economy, while six percent said they were not sure.

The numbers are bad for Obama almost across the board.  Overwhelming numbers of both men (65/26) and women (67/26) believe the current economic malaise is the result of bad policy rather than an unavoidable consequence of the 2008 crash.  Not a single demographic thinks otherwise, not even self-described liberals (46/39).  Even without any other data, an incumbent President would face daunting odds in re-election with these numbers, since most voters assign blame or credit for economic to the White House.

But the numbers just get worse.  Despite Obama’s insistence over the last few months on blaming the economy he “inherited” — or perhaps because of his attempts to shift blame — Bush now gets the least amount of blame for the status quo, with only 18%.  Both men and women put Bush last on the list, and both put Obama highest on the list.  That’s true in every single age demographic, including the key youngest-voters group, which splits blame 32/19 between Obama and Bush.  Only among blacks (19/53), Democrats (14/35), and self-described liberals (7/36) does Bush get more blame.  Every income demographic assigns more blame to Obama than Bush.

Why now?  Perhaps it’s because voters have tired of hearing Obama refuse to accept responsibility for the failure of his own economic policies.  It might also be because George Bush hasn’t been on a ballot in eight years, and voters aren’t terribly interested in having another election about him.  Whatever the reason, this poll indicates that Obama will have to answer for the results of his economic policies of the last three years — and if that’s the case, then we’re looking at a one-term proposition, especially with Obama offering voters nothing new.

Addendum: Investors Business Daily notes that Obama has been getting his blame-Bush talking points wrong, anyway:

Romney, he says, wants to do two things: Cut taxes for the rich and massively deregulate the economy.

“The truth is,” Obama says, “we tried (that) for almost a decade, and it didn’t work.”

Bush-era tax cuts and deregulation, he argues “resulted in the most sluggish job growth in decades” along with “rising inequality, surpluses turned into deficits, culminating in the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes.”

There’s just one problem. Obama’s got his history wrong.

First, Bush was no big deregulator.

In fact, under Bush, the size and cost of the federal government’s regulatory machinery increased dramatically, as Bush imposed dozens of major new rules.

Regulatory staffing, for example, climbed 44% during the Bush years , according to a study by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and George Washington University.

By contrast, regulatory staffing was essentially flat under President Clinton.

Likewise, federal spending on regulations shot up 45% in real terms under Bush, compared with 26% under Clinton.

And now you know why Republicans aren’t keen on returning to Bush-era regulatory policies, either.


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yes but if we see Romney’s tax returns the economy WILL turn around

Aggie95 on July 23, 2012 at 9:24 AM

About dang time

Welcome to the real world

cmsinaz on July 23, 2012 at 9:24 AM

It appears like the preparatory work to unseat Obama (lower favorability numbers, blame for the economy, and Blame Bush wearing thin) is about done. Now Romney just needs to “close the sale.”

Doomberg on July 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

The people won’t stay dumb forever.

Its about time they wised up, a little.

cozmo on July 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Crickets for sure chirping from the lsm

cmsinaz on July 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM

OK, so this is good news for Bush. Will it generate voter enthusiasm, or merely depress some of 0bama’s support?

I wonder how many read Investors Business Daily or The Hill.

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM

La la la inherited
-dws

cmsinaz on July 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money blame.’ – SCOAMF

Schwalbe Me-262 on July 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM

ahahahahahaha! I can’t wait to see the liar-in-chief exit the whitehouse in January!

thedevilinside on July 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM

OK, so this is good news for Bush. Will it generate voter enthusiasm, or merely depress some of 0bama’s support?
I wonder how many read Investors Business Daily or The Hill.
DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM

have read your posts, troll.

gracie on July 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

I suspect this sentiment has been around longer than admitted.

It all comes down to asking the correctly worded question to the proper sampling group.

You can only ignore reality for so long…

Then it hits like a bucket of ice-water.

CPT. Charles on July 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

yes but if we see Romney’s tax returns the economy WILL turn around

Aggie95 on July 23, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Thread winner.

NoFanofLibs on July 23, 2012 at 9:33 AM

“It’s Spain’s fault!” – O

Electrongod on July 23, 2012 at 9:33 AM

That’s o.k…..

ABC News Brian Ross and George Stephsuckazz will be along
shortly to blame it on…..the TEA PARTY.

ToddPA on July 23, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Two-thirds of likely voters say the weak economy is Washington’s fault, and more blame President Obama than anybody else, according to a new poll for The Hill.

…the other third are focused on golfing, fund raising, vacationing, throwing parties in the White House, and campaigning with JugEars…they are the ones focusing on developing the ‘infrastucture’ needed so the other 2/3rd’s can be successful… 24/7!

KOOLAID2 on July 23, 2012 at 9:34 AM

It’s Bush’s fault that obozo is getting the blane now.

Flange on July 23, 2012 at 9:34 AM

A new poll from The Hill shows that two-thirds of likely voters blame bad economic policy for the current state of the economy — and more blame Obama than anyone else:

“I still blame Bush”—Obama

dirtseller on July 23, 2012 at 9:35 AM

…Only among blacks (19/53), Democrats (14/35), and self-described liberals (7/36) does Bush get more blame…

If the MSM reports this at all, these will be the only numbers they remember. And this is how they’ll likely phrase it: “According to a new poll, more people blame Bush for the present economy than President Obama by over fifty percent…In other news, Mitt Romney still doggedly refuses to release more of his tax returns…”

Liam on July 23, 2012 at 9:35 AM

You mean the hard heads of liberals are softening? I doubt that but even they find it increasingly impossible to defend this man.

rplat on July 23, 2012 at 9:36 AM

The buck stops with Barry

workingclass artist on July 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM

We ain’t seen nothing yet. Spanish stock market down 12% in last two days. Spanish 10 year bonds at 7.5%. Spanish regions requesting bailouts one after another (shades of a California future). Italian regions and cities asking for bailouts.

IMF declines to provide more Greek bailout money.

US market opened down about 2% this morning.

Viator on July 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Four more years of blaming Bush!

Greek Fire on July 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM

have read your posts, troll.

gracie on July 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Your liberalism is showing again.

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 9:39 AM

I wish I could remember specifically, but fairly recently I saw a clip of Obama on FOX defending himself from over regulating by citing Bush’s number of regulations. Another of many examples where Obama contradicts himself. Oh, to be a film editor with lots of interns!

cartooner on July 23, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Obama has never been held responsible for anything, and it is racist to start now.

Besides, he will have more flexibility once he is re-elected and his policies have time to fail more better!
/

WhatNot on July 23, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Americans managed to find out the truth despite the media attempts to control the narrative. If this keeps up, the media might have to start questioning themselves about the reason they are going bankrupt. They won’t be able to keep blaming their problems on untrained bloggers and free internet news sites.

Night Owl on July 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Did we read the same poll?

34% blame Obama and 61% blame other factors including Congress, Wall Street (another Obama target) or Bush? It would be insane for a majority of Americans to still blame Bush this far out, but the 34% who blame Obama represent the strongest source of Obama opposition. Is there any evidence that the 61% who blame Wall Street/Congress/Bush are planning to vote for Romney?

libfreeordie on July 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Obama has successfully convinced voters whom to vote for, and I’ll bet that he knows now (after spending the highest one month total ever for campaign polling) that is going to lose this election.

If voters opinions start to coalesce, as seems to be happening now, it’ll be a wave election and the GOP will take the Senate too. In failures lome this we all know vicious Democrats start to eat their own, and we will know they’ve given up when Democrats like Schumer go public disagreeing with Obama’s tax strategy, or Congressional Democrats trying to save their own hides publicly begin to speak out in favor of Israel and question the administration Syria strategy. We will see at least a couple of calls for Holder to resign, I do not doubt. Joe Manchin and others will publicly flirt with becoming Republicans even while people like Governor Dean and Elizabeth Warren will start handing out hammer and sickle flags at rallies.

That will be the beginning of the white flag phase. At that point, even though it’ll likely still be late August or September and the election will still be two months away, Romney should start planning with Congressional leaders a “first thirty days” legislative agenda focused right away on reducing government spending.

We need to immediately help the economy, and send a clear signal to voters that help is only one vote and one election victory away.

MTF on July 23, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Teanami 2!!

The next wave comes ashore November 6th, lets sweep this one back to Chicago.

PappyD61 on July 23, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Is there any evidence that the 61% who blame Wall Street/Congress/Bush are planning to vote for Romney?

libfreeordie on July 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Ummmm, yeah. it’s called 8+ unemployment, 15 Trillion in debt, and
comments by our President stating nobody “built anything” on
their own….but you already knew that, didn’t you?

ToddPA on July 23, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Is there any evidence that the 61% who blame Wall Street/Congress/Bush are planning to vote for Romney?

libfreeordie on July 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

That is THE only relevant question, but that is just my opinion, one that belongs to a grass roots activist that has yet to see any sort of excitement about voting for the GOP’s candidate for POTUS.

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Whew, this is a devastating indictment of Obama and the erosion of American character that has allowed him to skate.
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/07/david-gelernter-what-keeps-this-failed-president-above-water.php

onlineanalyst on July 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM

I can’t wait to see the liar-in-chief exit the whitehouse in January!

thedevilinside on July 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Actually, I think I’ll take the day off work just to watch that on TV. I’ll have a beer in one hand and a party horn in the other.

beatcanvas on July 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Is there any evidence that the 61% who blame Wall Street/Congress/Bush are planning to vote for Romney?

libfreeordie on July 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Here’s a tissue, go blow your nose.

VegasRick on July 23, 2012 at 9:51 AM

That is THE only relevant question, but that is just my opinion, one that belongs to a grass roots activist that has yet to see any sort of excitement about voting for the GOP’s candidate for POTUS.

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM

What state do you live in?

Night Owl on July 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Well there’s always the obstructionist Republicans, putting aside the Democrat Senate which hasn’t proposed a budget in thre years.
The totalitarian type doesn’t handle criticism too well. They will take credit for anything that works out, but are incapable of responsibility for what doesn’t. Essentially they are nasty, anti-social people. You may use Obama as a lead example

arand on July 23, 2012 at 9:53 AM

….but you already knew that, didn’t you?

ToddPA on July 23, 2012 at 9:49 AM

All the libbys and concern trolls know, they just spin around until they get dizzy, And then they puke.

VegasRick on July 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Don’t look for the MSM to print any of this any time soon.

GarandFan on July 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

New poll shows Obama getting the most blame for the bad economy

Obama’s chickens coming home to roost!

This sissy boy-child in the White House aside, Americans want leaders that are stand-up individuals. Obama was given a chance and he blew it. Three and a half years of talking about what he inherited with clearly no plan of his own but massive spending has been proven to be ineffective and Obama has no backup plan except, of course, for doubling down on stupid.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Two things…..

1. Romney, he says, wants to do two things: Cut taxes for the rich and massively deregulate the economy.

“The truth is,” Obama says, “we tried (that) for almost a decade, and it didn’t work.”

Bush-era tax cuts and deregulation, he argues “resulted in the most sluggish job growth in decades” along with “rising inequality, surpluses turned into deficits, culminating in the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes.”

He knows this is not true, so he is a LIAR. Joe Wilson knew what he was talking about.

2. Bush was no Reagan limited government Conservative by any stretch of the imagination. So everyone pining for W…..please, give it a rest. Can you read? He was worse than CLINTON!!

In fact, under Bush, the size and cost of the federal government’s regulatory machinery increased dramatically, as Bush imposed dozens of major new rules.

Regulatory staffing, for example, climbed 44% during the Bush years , according to a study by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and George Washington University.

By contrast, regulatory staffing was essentially flat under President Clinton.

Likewise, federal spending on regulations shot up 45% in real terms under Bush, compared with 26% under Clinton.

No more Bushes, and no more Baracka.

PappyD61 on July 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

“Look,” Obama told the Today audience, “if I can’t turn the economy around in three years, I will be looking at a one-term proposition.”

Romney & the RNC should be running this in ads over & over & over & over & over & over &……..

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on July 23, 2012 at 9:55 AM

have read your posts, troll.

gracie on July 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Your liberalism is showing again.

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 9:39 AM

lol, tell us again why you’re voting for Gary Johnson O’bama.

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Did we read the same poll?

34% blame Obama and 61% blame other factors including Congress, Wall Street (another Obama target) or Bush? It would be insane for a majority of Americans to still blame Bush this far out, but the 34% who blame Obama represent the strongest source of Obama opposition. Is there any evidence that the 61% who blame Wall Street/Congress/Bush are planning to vote for Romney?

libfreeordie on July 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Yes, we read the same poll. You are just reading through poop colored glasses. I’m just glad for you that you were able to find enough data in the poll to keep your fantasies intact.

Night Owl on July 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

This poll is nowhere near as bad for the president as the article makes it sound.

People blame Republicans in congress for pushing bad policy and slowing the economy by a margin of 57/30. This in a poll with 34% Democrats and 35% Republicans.

Also, just because people don’t blame Bush first and foremost doesn’t mean they don’t support Obama. If we figure the people who blame Wall Street and a solid majority of the people who blame congress are siding with Obama, that gives him more than 50% support.

Mahna Mahna on July 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Is there any evidence that the 61% who blame Wall Street/Congress/Bush are planning to vote for Romney?

libfreeordie on July 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Your self-imposed exile didn’t make you any smarter, apparently.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on July 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM

There’s just one problem. Obama’s got his history wrong.

First, Bush was no big deregulator.

In fact, under Bush, the size and cost of the federal government’s regulatory machinery increased dramatically, as Bush imposed dozens of major new rules.

Regulatory staffing, for example, climbed 44% during the Bush years , according to a study by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and George Washington University.

By contrast, regulatory staffing was essentially flat under President Clinton.

Likewise, federal spending on regulations shot up 45% in real terms under Bush, compared with 26% under Clinton.

You’re not thinking about this like a bureaucrat. Obama thinks regulations and spending should have gone up 500% so clearly Bush “cut” regulations and spending.

gwelf on July 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM

What state do you live in?

Night Owl on July 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Comatose. Confusion. Denial. Stupidity.
*pick one.

VegasRick on July 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

The state run media AND the JEF are to blame and folks are finding out that both LIE every day and cannot be trusted.

It will only get worse.

Robert Jensen on July 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

What state do you live in?

Night Owl on July 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Michigan, the state we TEA Party Patriots flipped to the Republican side in 2010.

lol, tell us again why you’re voting for Gary Johnson O’bama.

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I will just as soon as you give me a reason to vote for Romney other than he is not 0bama.

0bama is a nice guy. 0bama is right. /projecting Romney supporters

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

….has yet to see any sort of excitement about voting for the GOP’s candidate for POTUS.

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM

What state do you live in?

Night Owl on July 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Danno clearly lives in a state of denial.

This isn’t American Idol or a reality show where contestants get voted off the island, out of the house, or whatever. Yet there is an element (who should know better) that evaluates candidates based on entertainment value. And Romney simply doesn’t have the same charisma as the slick liar in the White House.

But, anybody who cares about this nation should be lining up to support and vote for Romney for the good of the nation even if they are not entertained by doing so.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

VegasRick on July 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Hasn’t your chair been warmed for long enough yet? When will you sign up as a volunteer to get Romney elected?

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

We ain’t seen nothing yet. Spanish stock market down 12% in last two days. Spanish 10 year bonds at 7.5%. Spanish regions requesting bailouts one after another (shades of a California future). Italian regions and cities asking for bailouts.

IMF declines to provide more Greek bailout money.

US market opened down about 2% this morning.

Viator on July 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Hollande is dismantling France while the British PM puts out the welcome sign for French Wealthy Tax Refugees.

France will fail too.

workingclass artist on July 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

They can see! Their eyes are open and they can see! Some of them are beginning to understand as well.

There are snowballs in Hell that are melting right now.

DuctTapeMyBrain on July 23, 2012 at 10:02 AM

France will fail too.

workingclass artist on July 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

“Surrender while we still can!”
*french motto

VegasRick on July 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Don’t look for the MSM to print any of this any time soon.

GarandFan on July 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

They are dead to me.

docflash on July 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

But, anybody who cares about this nation should be lining up to support and vote for Romney for the good of the nation even if they are not entertained by doing so.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Honestly, if you support Romney’s messages that 0bama is right and that 0bama is a nice guy, could it be that you too are working to get 0bama his next 4 years?

BTW, I, the AWE inspiring Danno Man, keeps trying to get his supporters here to volunteer at the grass roots level to get him elected. Are you? If not why not?

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Hasn’t your chair been warmed for long enough yet? When will you sign up as a volunteer to get Romney elected?

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

I already did that, as soon as it became apparent the my first 2 choices were not going to be the candidate. I am really warming up to Romney and I love the fact that he is taking the gloves off. I look forward to voting for him in November, you should consider doing the same.

VegasRick on July 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

First, Bush was no big deregulator.
In fact, under Bush, the size and cost of the federal government’s regulatory machinery increased dramatically, as Bush imposed dozens of major new rules.
Regulatory staffing, for example, climbed 44% during the Bush years , according to a study by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and George Washington University.
By contrast, regulatory staffing was essentially flat under President Clinton.
Likewise, federal spending on regulations shot up 45% in real terms under Bush, compared with 26% under Clinton.

Every time I see statistics thrown around for “the Bush years,” I wish they would break them down according to whether it was a Democratic or a Republican Congress at the time.

I don’t know if it makes a difference for these particular measures, since I know there was a huge push for regulation under Bush when they tried to blame him for Enron….

tom on July 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Honestly, if you support Romney’s messages that 0bama is right and that 0bama is a nice guy, could it be that you too are working to get 0bama his next 4 years?

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Oh please! You really think a candidate is going to win by simply saying the opposite of his opponent? And on balance, I support Romney’s message to that of Obama’s “forward” message because I don’t see how we get this nation going in the right direction with another four years of rabid socialism that you Michiganders constantly vote into office. You all should be ashamed of your track record when it comes to Presidential elections.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2012 at 10:10 AM

The country is in tatters. Millions are unemployed, and for BO it’s business as usual…… running his mouth…… the Flim Flam Man:

Obama Schedule || Monday, July 23, 2012

by Keith Koffler on July 22, 2012, 9:22 pm

11:25 am || Departs San Francisco
12:10 pm || Arrives Reno, Nevada
12:35 pm || Delivers remarks at the 113th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; Reno Sparks Convention Center
2:00 pm || Departs Reno
2:50 pm || Arrives Oakland, California
3:20 pm || Attends a fundraiser; The Scottish Rite Center
5:35 pm || Delivers remarks at a second fundraiser; private residence
7:55 pm || Speaks at a campaign event; The Fox Theater, Oakland

Cody1991 on July 23, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I already did that, as soon as it became apparent the my first 2 choices were not going to be the candidate.

VegasRick on July 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Excellent! I’m VERY Glad to read that.

So, when do your classes start? Which part of the effort to get Romney elected will you be participating in?

You are now setting an example that others will follow. Do keep up the good work.

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:12 AM

libfreeordie on July 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

…ahhhh!…same kind of commitment as JugEars I see!

KOOLAID2 on July 23, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Any fool not understanding that Obama and his merry band of nitwit economic advisors plus Geithner and Bernanke and a Dem-dominated Congress not only did not solve the economic downturn but exacerbated it manifold should not be anywhere near a pollster or a voting booth.

(Unravel all of those negatives as you are able. I am seeing red.)

onlineanalyst on July 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM

So, when do your classes start? Which part of the effort to get Romney elected will you be participating in?

You are now setting an example that others will follow. Do keep up the good work.

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Phone banks, calling folks that have not wised up to how obambi will destroy this country if given 4 more years. An that not voting for Romney is as bad as voting for obambi. And you?

VegasRick on July 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I worked, and SUCCEEDED in the effort to give McLame the win in my county back in 2008.

Again, I, the AWE inspiring Danno Man, keeps trying to get his supporters here to volunteer at the grass roots level to get him elected. Are you? If not why not?

Romney will not win if his supporters allow ACORN, the Union thugs, the ILLEGAL Aliens, the New Black Panther Party, and others swamp our efforts at the grass roots level. He cannot win if people like you refuse to work to get his message out there [the MSM won't do it].

Don’t you want him to win this year?

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM

BTW, I, the AWE inspiring Danno Man, keeps trying to get his supporters here to volunteer at the grass roots level to get him elected. Are you? If not why not?

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Have you gone to the Romney web site to see what you can find good about him? It must be hard trying to gather support when you don’t like him. I think you should do yourself the favor of trying to find things you like, if only to make your job easier.

Night Owl on July 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Is there any evidence that the 61% who blame Wall Street/Congress/Bush are planning to vote for Romney?

libfreeordie on July 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Heh… sorry buddy, Bush isn’t part of the current equation.

He AIN’T on the ballot.

OTOH… the ‘rats had a solid lock on Congress from ’06 to ’08.

And it was their prescriptions for fixing the economy that so impressed voters that they extended their power in 2010.

Ooops… waitamainute, 2010 didn’t turn out so well for the ‘rats… did it?

Hmm… 61% eh? I could turn that into a bunch of very interesting campaign ads. And ALL those witty & intelligent things that Pelosi has said in the past…

Yeah… I could work with this, I’m not even a professional marketeer.

CPT. Charles on July 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM

But…but…I only had three years…to destroy (opposite of improve) the econo me.

RDE2010 on July 23, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Phone banks, calling folks that have not wised up to how obambi will destroy this country if given 4 more years. An that not voting for Romney is as bad as voting for obambi. And you?

VegasRick on July 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM

SWEET! All you need to do is follow the script, but be warned! Some WILL have relevant questions they want answered, and when that happens just invite them to your local GOP Victory HQ to get those answers.

I am currently talking to people in the neighborhood as their elected GOP delegate and pushing the TEA Party backed candidates for local offices and the Senate. When asked about Romney I tell them he can do better, might do better, and I hope he does since there are others on the ballot that want to be POTUS. [I don't want them staying home in november]

Next month I’ll be going to Grand Rapids for another 2 day GOP Convention. At least this one won’t be in Detroit again [ICK!]

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Danno Man

VegasRick on July 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

If you wanted a picture of me why didn’t you ask?

Danno 2008 Whistlestop tour

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM

When asked about Romney I tell them he can do better, might do better, and I hope he does since there are others on the ballot that want to be POTUS. [I don't want them staying home in november]

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Do yo tell them you are not going to vote for him as you have stated here at HA?

VegasRick on July 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM

President Bush, not being in the spotlight, makes Obama’s claims even more petty.
With President Bush and his wife Laura, promoting international awareness for cancer, staying away from any politics, takes away one of the few (although weak) attempts of Obama to take the spotlight off of him.
Obama’s campaign gets worse every month…Mitt’s doesn’t get better, so Mitt is the most fortunate candidate in history.
A weak candidate, against a disaster of a leader…

right2bright on July 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Is there any evidence that the 61% who blame Wall Street/Congress/Bush are planning to vote for Romney?

libfreeordie on July 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Yes…

right2bright on July 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Have you gone to the Romney web site to see what you can find good about him?

Night Owl on July 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Have you?

I research every candidate I have to provide information for at the GOP Victory HQ. I have to be prepared for whatever a voter tells me, and in that effort I keep finding Romney’s faults.

Is it really so horrible of me to request some assistence? Is it bad for me to look for reasons to vote for Romney that don’t equate he isn’t 0bama?

You should go volunteer with your local GOP so you can get a feel of what we are up against this year. Romney can use your help.

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Did we read the same poll?

34% blame Obama and 61% blame other factors including Congress, Wall Street (another Obama target) or Bush?

libfreeordie on July 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

In ranking order, who was most blamed? The point–huge momentum shift compared to previous polling on who get fingered. But nice try, you now can apply for any opening with the Fifth Column Treasonous Media.

hillsoftx on July 23, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Obama is an adolescent punk with not a drop of good character in his body..

Friends don’t let friends be narcissist. Of course Obama has no real friends. Just acquaintances he is using for personal/political gain.

Then its Under the bus !

RockyJ. on July 23, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Saw my first ‘Obama 12′ bumper sticker today in rush hour. Guess the sucker thinks it’s all good since he’s not feeling any recession nor depression so long as he’s got a job to go to.

AH_C on July 23, 2012 at 10:35 AM

lol, tell us again why you’re voting for Gary Johnson O’bama.

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Not to mention that he’s occupying the same boat as brainfreeordie…

VelvetElvis on July 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM

lol, tell us again why you’re voting for Gary Johnson O’bama.

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I will just as soon as you give me a reason to vote for Romney other than he is not 0bama.

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

A Simple Reason for a Simple Mind. No Libertarian candidate for President has ever received more than 1.1% of the popular vote. And 9 out of 10 of them only got 0.5% or less. Only a fool would ignore those numbers.

If you are not supporting Romney for President – no matter your agreement or disagreement with any of his stands – you are supporting Barack Obama for re-election. If you have the ability to vote for Romney and you choose to not do so – you are supporting the reelection of Barack Obama.

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Do yo tell them you are not going to vote for him as you have stated here at HA?

VegasRick on July 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Usually no. I merely try to give them hope by pointing out that there will be other candidates on the ballot if they don’t want to vote for Romney or 0bama.

To date I’ve only told my close friends that Johnson is looking really good this year on the issues. Believe it or not, I’m not working to cost Romney the election. I’m just trying to keep people interested in voting in November.

If Romney doesn’t want to excite the voters then I’ll give them something that WILL excite them. Too many are running for office for Romney to be the only reason to go vote.

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:37 AM

BTW, I, the AWE inspiring Danno Man

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Wow, you’re full of something.

And I can smell it from here.

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Again, give me a reason to vote for Romney other than he is not 0bama. Republican voters want to know!

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Don’t look for the MSM to print any of this any time soon.

GarandFan on July 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

They are dead to me.

docflash on July 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

But their rotting zombie corpses continue to hunger for our brains.

SKYFOX on July 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM

And I can smell it from here.

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Are you sure it isn’t coming from the chair you seem stuck in?

How many have you gotten to volunteer at the grass roots level for Romney? When will YOU provide the good example and volunteer yourself?

Do you really like it that I remain more relevant doe to my efforts? Can’t you even try to emmulate the awe inspiring Danno Man? You could do it if you wanted to. By staying home you are setting a bad precident for this election year.

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM

If Romney doesn’t want to excite the voters then I’ll give them something that WILL excite them. Too many are running for office for Romney to be the only reason to go vote.

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Could his VP pick sway you? If so, who?

VegasRick on July 23, 2012 at 10:43 AM

give me a reason to vote for Romney
DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM

because we don’t want another dope fiend in the White House like your guy. Don’t be ridiculous.

gracie on July 23, 2012 at 10:44 AM

VelvetElvis on July 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Have you volunteered as a GOP Grass Roots volunteer yet? Romney needs YOUR assistance if you want him to win this year.

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Most thinking people realize that after three and a half years a President cannot have it both ways. He cannot on the one hand keep blaming others and assert things are so bad there is little more he could have done to make it better, and on the other hand assert if he gets four more years he will be able to fix it.

At least not without some convincing evidence that he actually knows what he is doing — that he understands the economy and the problem, knows what must be done, can state what it is he wants to do, and can demonstrate both that he can do it and that it will work.

Pointing fingers at a GOP “do nothing obstructionist” House and charging that Romney is the problem and not the solution while offering no substantive “solution” does not cut it, unless one is a hard core confirmed Dem, lib, Lefty, socialist, government employee, union member, or government dependent. But then these people do not really care what he says during the campaign. They are already planning to vote for him.

Obama needs to convince Independents in, above all else, swing and battleground states. Instead he is preaching to the choir hoping to convert enough Independents to win. If they can be convinced by his Marxist socialist class warfare rhetoric they would have become Democrats a long time ago, long before anyone had ever heard of The Obamessiah.

Perhaps he really thinks he can convince enough chronic non-voters to turn out and cast their vote his way. But that would mean he is extremely desperate.

farsighted on July 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM

A new poll from The Hill shows that two-thirds of likely voters blame bad economic policy for the current state of the economy — and more blame Obama than anyone else: are raaaaacist.

FIFY

Physics Geek on July 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM

because we don’t want another dope fiend in the White House like your guy. Don’t be ridiculous.

gracie on July 23, 2012 at 10:44 AM

LMAO! While I agree with your sentiment that issue falls on deafened ears of voters today.

Give me SOMETHING that will excite the base! I PROMISE to pass it along.

BTW, the GOP and Romney needs more from you this year. Will you sign up as a GOP volunteer this year, please?

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:48 AM

From Rasmussen’s Presidential Tracking Poll for today:

Romney: 46%
Obama: 43%

So that’s nice, but what about those undecided people? Really bad news for the President:

An analysis of the voters not committed to either candidate shows two distinguishing characteristics: They aren’t impressed with the president, and they aren’t paying much attention to the campaign. Just 29% approve of the president’s performance, while 66% disapprove. Eleven percent (11%) of these uncommitted voters believe the country is heading in the right direction.

strictnein on July 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Considering that half this country voted for this moron in the first place is it any wonder it’s taken four years and this level of destruction before these same idiots got a clue about their hero. Honestly I wish we had laws in this country requiring folks to pass a basic civics exam before they could get a voter card but considering how the left screams when a simple voter ID requirement is mentioned I doubt that will ever happen. Here’s my wish..if you were so stupid as to have voted for this empty suit then I hope you stay the heck home on November 6th. You’ve done enough damage. Call it a bad voter time out.

neyney on July 23, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Again, give me a reason to vote for Romney other than he is not 0bama. Republican voters want to know!

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM

How about you giving us some reasons not to vote for Romney.

And before you do, make sure they aren’t Lies about what he did or didn’t do as Governor in MA. Facts only.

Before angryed jumped the shark, he would regularly post “statistics” about what Romney did and didn’t do as Governor. A simple Google search disproved many of his claims as Lies.

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 10:52 AM

it was always galling how the polls would phrase the question to cast blame on who caused the economy to collapse instead of who’s fault it is that its not getting better. for the last 2 years that is the more pertinent question.

chasdal on July 23, 2012 at 10:52 AM

0% blame Mitt Romney

Wagthatdog on July 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Can’t you even try to emmulate the awe inspiring Danno Man? You could do it if you wanted to. By staying home you are setting a bad precident for this election year.

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM

You assume that I am staying home. That proves how clueless you really are.

And why would anyone want to “emmulate” an English Major like yourself? lol.

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Could his VP pick sway you? If so, who?

VegasRick on July 23, 2012 at 10:43 AM


Very Good Question!!!

I’m at a loss as to who could drag the Romney campaign out of the doledrums, and doubly doubtful after what happened when Sarah Palin was selected. While she IS the reason my county went for McLame I’m not at all sure there could be a repeat of that with the way the GOP went after her before, and after he lost.

Let’s hope someone in the Romney camp finds a fantastic VP instead of putting out more comments like how Romney will pull an Etch-A-
Sketch after the elctions [#$%@! buttheads!].

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:54 AM

0% blame Mitt Romney

Wagthatdog on July 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Good point.

VegasRick on July 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM

You assume that I am staying home.

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Your posts lack any sort of relevance, thus you cannot be considering how you could sell Romney to others.

Also, you haven’t stated otherwise, thus you prefer to keep that couch warm. You won’t even encourage others to work for Romney here, and that is really a sad commentary on your level of support for Romney.

DannoJyd on July 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM

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