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Blaming Bush May 25, 2010

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Dwight Furrow's Posts, politics.
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The mainstream media is at it again, publicizing Republican talking points like good foot soldiers in the tea party revolution.

Politico ran this headline yesterday:  “Obama campaigns against Bush — again.”

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.

In fact, Obama has largely refrained from directly criticizing Bush, and that reticence has helped the public forget about that singularly mendacious and incompetent Administration.

But more importantly, the Bush Administration really is responsible for the financial collapse, excessive debt, and the lack of regulation that produced the Gulf Oil spill. The conservative American public dislikes being reminded of these facts but that doesn’t make them any less facts.

None of the problems we face have their origins in the Obama Administration. But apparently the press is more interested in stoking the public’s anti-government mood than in telling the truth.

book-section-book-cover2 Dwight Furrow is author of

Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

For political commentary by Dwight Furrow visit: www.revivingliberalism.com

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