Today's Wall St Journal:
Blame-Bush Tack Is Wearing Thin
Democrats are working hard these days to tell voters that the nation's economic problems were created by President George W. Bush. But that line of attack—which has buoyed the party significantly over the past four years—may be losing its edge.
In a string of recent elections, Democrats have tried to paint Republicans as Bush acolytes ready to lead a revival of his policies ... The results suggest voters are beginning to worry less about what Mr. Bush did, and more about what President Barack Obama will do to dig the economy out.
Indeed, most polls suggest there is little debate about which president should be blamed. In the most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey, 65% of voters agreed Mr. Obama had inherited the nation's economic problems. But by a 49% to 43% margin, voters also said they disapprove of Mr. Obama's handling of the economy, underscoring how they have shifted responsibility for the issue to the Democratic president.
The changing dynamics could deny Democrats a powerful message in this year's midterm elections and lighten a yoke that has weighed on Republicans since they lost control of Congress in 2006.
Some Democrats are beginning to acknowledge that invoking the Bush name might not be effective anymore. It has "lost any relevancy and therefore any potency," said Paul Begala, a longtime adviser to former President Bill Clinton ...
Forgive me, but I fail to understand the logic the WSJ used when they state
Now compare the WSJ's slant with the polling facts presented in yesterday's The American Public Is NOT Falling For The GOP's Spin; Both Parties Will Have Trouble In Nov:
65% of voters think Obama inherited the bad economy from Bush
49% think Obama hasn't done a good job fixing the economy (eg, fixing Bush's mistakes)
=The Dems will be wasting their time by laying blame where blame is due: on Bush
- 31% of Americans think the Bush admin is responsible for the current state of the economy, 23% think Wall St, 13% think Congress and only 7% think the Obama admin is responsible
- 41% blame the Bush admin for the deficit; 24% blame Congress; only 7% blame the Obama admin
With the poor state of the economy being issues #1, #2, #3 in voter's minds, nearly five times as many people blaming Bush as Obama and only 7% blaming Obama, then it's hard for me to believe that Dems will not get any political mileage out of blaming Bush.
So what's the WSJ's motivation to write a whole story based on such flimsy evidence? I think they actually answered that question, and revealed their partisan goal, when they stated in the story:
Republicans, for their part, are saying it is time to move on.