Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Awesome! Obama Polling 50-44% Against Bush

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Never has a president squandered such good will in so short a time. The Dems squawked that Bush destroyed any goodwill we had after 9/11 but no politician had the backing that The One did when taking office.

Now, er, not so much:

Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama's declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they'd rather have his predecessor. Given the horrendous approval ratings Bush showed during his final term that's somewhat of a surprise and an indication that voters are increasingly placing the blame on Obama for the country's difficulties instead of giving him space because of the tough situation he inherited. The closeness in the Obama/Bush numbers also has implications for the 2010 elections. Using the Bush card may not be particularly effective for Democrats anymore, which is good news generally for Republicans and especially ones like Rob Portman who are running for office and have close ties to the former President.
All along the way the Obama folks have blamed Bush but Americans by and large believe in that one true conservative tenet: personal responsibility and the personality trait where one takes the heat when they make decisions. Obama--in typical liberal fashion--has eschewed that and it's made him look petty and small.

Bush made the very difficult decision to authorize the forces for the surge and stood in front of the American people and looked stalwart (liberals of course called him stubborn and arrogant). Obama stood before the cadets at West Point and looked liked he needed a laxative.

Think about the relevance of this; Bush is missed and as Allah noted; he was polling at 22% when he turned over the keys to the Whitehouse.

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