For a while, bashing former President George W. Bush seemed the best strategy for any Democrat who wanted to win an election.
Bush bashing no longer works. Voters have tired of the constant liberal mantra that all the problems facing American today are Bush’s fault.
Time to find someone new to blame.
The problem, of course, is that after three years in controls of Congress and one year in the White House, the Democrats may have no one to blame but themselves.
Failure to address the problems now belongs to the failed Democratic leaders of Congress and President Barack Obama.
Polls show voters no longer buy the premise that Bush is solely to blame for the nation’s economic ills
Question is: Will Democrats accept responsibility for their failures?
After three consecutive losses in statewide races, some top Democrats are questioning a tactic aimed at boosting the party’s candidates in each of those contests: Bush-bashing.
Running as much against the Bush White House as he was running against Sen. John McCain, Barack Obama easily carried Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts in 2008.
Yet when Democratic nominees for governor in Virginia and New Jersey and for Senate in Massachusetts sought to tie their GOP opponents to the still-unpopular former president, the strategy didn’t resonate. Voters were more focused on the current administration or local political issues — and the onetime Democratic magic formula seemed yesterday’s news.
“Voters are pretty tired of the blame game,” said longtime Democratic strategist Steve Hildebrand, a top aide on Obama’s presidential campaign. “What a stupid strategy that was.”