It worked brilliantly in 2006 and 2008, so hey, why not head to the well one more time. Already famous for turning record surpluses into record deficits, starting not one, but TWO wars and overseeing the “largest federal government expansion since Franklin Delano Roosevelt,” the GOP is turning to a man so reviled by the American public that they actually voted in huge numbers for DEMOCRATS — TWICE!
Rejoice, America! George W. Bush is back! And strangely, it’s not the Democrats who are trying to tie the current GOP to him; it’s the GOP themselves.
The chairmen of the two Republican campaign committees defended the presidency of George W. Bush in television appearances over the weekend, a preview of the GOP’s planned pushback against expected Democratic attacks on the last president.
“People had jobs when Republicans were not only in charge but George Bush was there,” said National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press”.
Oh right, everyone had a job when Bush was president! I remember that! Except I don’t. Because it didn’t happen. Here’s what the super-liberal Wall Street Journal had to say about Bush’s jobs record 11 days before he left office — from an article titled “Bush on jobs: The worst track record on record“:
President George W. Bush entered office in 2001 just as a recession was starting, and is preparing to leave in the middle of a long one. That’s almost 22 months of recession during his 96 months in office.
His job-creation record won’t look much better. The current President Bush, once taking account how long he’s been in office, shows the worst track record for job creation since the government began keeping records.
To put that in handy chart form, check out the job numbers from George W. Bush next to Obama’s numbers on jobs:
So who’s to blame? Who’s responsible for a complete collapse of the economy? Well, if you ask Americans, they say it’s George W. Bush.
Polling suggests that Bush is still broadly blamed for the current state of the economy, which almost certainly will be the top-of-the-mind voting issue this fall. Fifty nine percent of respondents from a Post/ABC News poll in April said Bush was more to blame for the current state of the economy while 25 percent put the blame on President Obama.
So he’s responsible for the terrible economy, for job loss, for the wars we’re still in, and, oh yeah, he’s wildly unpopular! In fact, the percentage of people who view him positively (29 percent in an NBC/WSJ poll) is lower than the percentage of people who view him very unfavorably.
So we have nothing but praise for Pete Sessions and John Cornyn. We hope they Keep tying themselves to George W. Bush. We hope they keep saying they’ll support extending his tax cuts for the wealthy, while fighting against providing unemployment benefits for out-of-work Americans. We hope they keep saying they’ll return to the policies George W. Bush championed (and John Cornyn voted for 90.8 percent of the time).
Sounds like a brilliant election strategy to us. We don’t miss George W. Bush the president, but it sure is nice to have him back for another election.