President Obama is widely ridiculed and criticized, including by me, for blaming all his problems on George W. Bush.
Obama’s motto, carefully constructed by his political operatives, remains, “The buck stops here.” Of course, “here” being Dallas, Texas, WHERE BUSH LIVES.
But Obama and his advisers may be onto something.
No, it’s still untrue. I mean, yes, President Obama walked into a bad situation, though the responsibility that Bush bears for this is highly debatable. But Obama has had three and a half years to fix things, and he hasn’t. This is the Obama economy.
Buuuuuhhhht . . .
The strategy of wrapping his jaws around the Blame Bush message and holding on like pit bull may be working.
According to a just-released poll by Gallup, 68 percent say Bush deserves a “great deal” or a “moderate” amount of blame for the economy, while only 52 percent say the same for Obama.
And, take a look a the graph below. Their opinion hasn’t changed much for about a year and a half. Apparently people have been all ears as Obama has relentlessly passed the buck.
Romney’s strategy, as showcased during a speech in Cincinnati Thursday that was supposed to be his “counterargument” to Obama’s speech on the economy the same day – though it was nothing more than Romney’s usual stump stuff – is to try to make sure Obama is blamed for everything from the bad economy to Lindsay Lohan’s parole violations.
So far, no evidence it’s working, though we’re just getting started.
Maybe Romney should think about supplementing his criticisms with, I don’t know, a principle-based agenda framed as a conservative alternative vision to Obama’s leftism.
But then, he wouldn’t be Romney.