FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
When Democrats swept into power in Congress and the White House last year - a big part of their message was running against the record of the Bush administration.
And some are hoping that strategy works for them again in the 2010 midterm elections.
The web site Talking Points Memo reports Democrats plan to tell voters that Republicans only want to turn back the clock to the Bush era. They say the Republican Party in Washington today is no different than the one that ran Congress before.
Also Democrats insist the party won't take the same kind of beating at the hands of Republicans that it did back in 1994. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says they "fully intend to be in the majority" after November - and other party leaders say they're more prepared this time.
They better hope they are, considering poll numbers that show support for the Democratic Party slumping. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll shows only 35-percent of voters have positive feelings for the Democratic party - that's down 14-points since February.
Also - Democrats are losing support from independents. And voters planning to back Republicans are much more interested in the 2010 races than those planning to vote Democrat.
Here’s my question to you: Is reminding voters about the Bush era the best strategy for Democrats in the midterm elections?
Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.
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What else can they do?
Sure it is. Keep pushing blame off on someone else. Who was running Congress at the beginning of the recession in 2008? Oh yeah, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. But lets keep blaming George Bush for everything.
What does it matter? Both parties have trampled the Constitution, and both parties don't give a tinker's darn about their constituents. The country is basically controlled by corporations and the political class, and is basically fascist in nature. Tomatoes, tomawtoes.
It isn't working as well as it did,only because Obama has not effected the changes that he promised in the campaign.As a matter of fact,on the 2 biggest issues,he is continuing the Bush strategies.On the war,more troops and longer USA commitment.On the economy,increase government spending and run up huge deficits.If things don't turn around quickly,we would all be longing for the good ole Bush days.
Reminding everyone o;f the failed Bush administration is definitely the best strategy for the Democrats in the mid term elections. Tlhat is the only way to counter the Republican strategy to do everything possible to make the Obama programs fail rather than trying to help the country. The people forget very quickly that more of the Bush policies will bring down the nation.
why not ? He started this mess. And like it or not Obama is trying clean it up. Am I happy about it ? NO
It can't hurt. They also need to remind Americans that the Republicans haven't tried to do anything but obstruct legislation that could help Main Street America.
As long as the Republican don't seem to want to work in a bi-partisian manner to solve America's problems, I would take every effort to link each and every one of them with the number and types of votes they sided with the Bush Whitehouse. The Bush Policies absolutely contributed to the mess we're in; strategy such as starting and funding a war that should never have been started in the first place and who can forget the out of control budget spending and watching corporations ship millions of american jobs overseas without any tax consequences.
People seem to have forgot how often the Republicans would call Democrats unpatriotic and use scare tactics with the voters to retain power.
Ordinarily the answer would be no. But since the majority of Americans have such a short attention span, as evidenced by the fact that they voted for Bush twice, even after seeing what a disaster he was (and continues to be) they obviously need to be reminded every 5 minutes – about the time it takes to get from a car to the voting booth. Obviously they all forgot the facts in that length of time.
What a major mistake – that's presuming the American People are dumb !
Who spent the $787B STimulus, and that is a failure. They say some is left and they are saving it to get Democrats reelected...that's a laugh a minute in our neighborhood. Who has quadurupled the debt with the intelligent conclusion that when you are in trouble financially "you spend spend and spend some more". With socialism you will reach a point where those that have money will run out of money and it has NEVER worked.
If someone does not stop these kooks, we will wake up one morning with the most dire and sad news America has ever heard. NOT ONE DIME HAS BEEN SPENT TO TAKE THE TOXI ASSETS OFF THE BOOKS..there is a day of reckoning soon. FAnnie Mae and Freddie Mac want antoher $400B (yes billion) as they are in trouble again.
No hey now need to get things done.
They better start moving the football down the field and get some wins under their belt. Bad mouthing the Bush Administration is a tired act.
Not when Pres. Obama's mantra was "change we can believe in" and there has been surprisingly little of that- what with troop surges in war zones to keeping the Patriot Act to refusing to reign in health care and business lobbyists which work against the American people 's interests.For the record, I voted for our Pres. expecting that he would really take us in a new direction.So far, I have been disappointed by the Dems. ' inability to deliver.
I doubt it. From what I have seen in the local area and the national media, memory and attention spans are measured in nano seconds.
Jack, they should remind themselves now. On December 16, you informed us that Congress is focuseed on a Bill dealing with commercials on television being too loud while apparently no longer concerned with "...the worst recession since the Great Depression, health care reform, skyrocketing deficits, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, 10-percent unemployment, a crisis in education...". Problems left by Bush are not just campaign slogans, they work like hand-me-downs and if not addressed by Democrats in Congress now, blaming Bush will not work two years after he left office.
Considering the number of people desperately trying to forget the Bush era or the ones in denial, YES people need to be reminded that Bush is the reason why we're in this. Obama is just trying to pull us out with absolutely no help from anyone, not even his own party.
Many of us still can't get the Bush era out of our heads, so any reminder to the main stream of just how bad it was, should help take some of the swingers off the fence. There are more obstacles for this country to overcome since the end of the do nothing administration, and we have even less hope in the future with a Republican majority.
President Bush has been gone for a year. We understand he wasn't the perfect President but....he got reelected for second term.
Blaming Bush will get Democrats to a NO-WIN situation. Is not the moral, nor the right, nor the honest thing to do.
We put the blame in other when we can't come up with the accurate
solution to the problem. I call it INEXPERIENCE.
People with short memories, at best, think the finanical and housing problems started with Obama's inaugration. Under the Bush Regime, all areas of the country were ignored for the last year of his regime until the financial instutions could no longer be ignored. The handout, without accountability, called TARP started when it couldn't be ignored any longer and CEO's all around could had out bonus' without accountability. Bush & Company allowed the hole to get larger for almost 3 months before Obama took over. George did nothing from the election on, he just watched the country sink. Even today, we know of Herbert Hoover, 70 years from now George W Bush will sit next to Hoover. Everyone should know it.
These people don't have anything to show for the first year in full power nor in the 6 years that Congress was in control of the democrats so if anything their glass house is shattered.
why the heck not...they are all still sitting doing the same old B.S.!
Absolutely! We can't know where we are currently unless we know where we've been – and why we were there; and who was at the controls at the time. Afterall, the ones who were at the controls are the ones who are responsible for the mess we are in now. Let them get all the 'credit' they deserve!
Ideologically, no, because I truly believe one should win on one's own merits and accomplishments without having to make the other guy look bad. However, Democrats haven't done a helluva lot this past year. I still don't have a job, so they don't have a lot to talk up, so they may have to.
To the mature adult Obama and his cohorts appear immature. Did you hear Bush blame Clinton for the Tech Bubble or the recession Bush inherited? Not once. We are independents but would vote Bush back in in a flash over this junk we have now in Washignton.
Why do you suppose this teenager called Obama has gone down to 43% in the polls? The worst rating of any Pres in history since polls were invented.
blaming Bush is only thing the Democrates really have right now, Jack. that and trying to blame the Republicans for "obstruction". both are true to a certain extent BUT voters tend to blame the party in power for any current situation and that's bad news for Democrate candidates in 2010 and probably Obama in 2012.
I know a lot of my fellow progressives here in Las Vegas are VERY disappointed in what has happened (or more like NOT happend) the last year. we thought we were voting for a 21st century FDR and got a re-run of Jimmy Carter instead.
It shows that they have no accomplishments. Vote for me because I'm not the other guy.
They need to be reminded that Republicans lost their credibility. They controlled all the branches of government during 6 years of Bush's term and they increased the size of government and increased our national debt by $5 trillion. They traded their principles for power.
Bringing up Bush is a bad strategic idea. With the crap these clowns are heaping on us, I miss old GW more and more every day.
The Bush-Cheney era will be remembered as one of the worst Administrations in history. If the Republicans were even slightly bi-partisan, and showed interest in the American people I would say "no". But their extremism and no-no-no partisanship earned them the okay to hear about Bush-Cheney rhetoric, lies, unnecessary war, and driving the economy down for a long time. So "yes", they have earned this dark but accurate reminder.
Reminding Bush voters is good idea if you take the first 6 years, but of course the Democrats will only remind voters of the last 2 years. Remember I said this before but CNN would not release my comments. The first six years under Bush the nation was happy , unemployment was down to 4.0% today it's 10%.
There were no mortgage forclosures like we have today. The last 2 years
of Bush's administrastion the Democrats took control of Congress and ever since we have had problems. Everything went down the toilet. The press has duped all the people in this country that it's Bush's fault. The people haven't seen anything yet that's coming. Wait another 6 years and the Liberla/Democrasts will be begging Bush to come back. That's Jeb Bush. Mark it on you calenders.
jack it's geting pretty dam old the dems blame bush and there still doing it to this day it will hurt them and especially in the mid- term elections
In recovering all those Bush e-mails I was wondering if they found my e-mail that I sent Mrs. Bush concerning the recipe for my grandmother's gingerbread man cookies? It couldn't hurt to ask. I lost the recipe.
There are those who think Bush & Company did no wrong. They
will defend these actions, make excuses for them. blame
everybody else for what has happened, and offer no answers to aid the recovery.
Then there are those, like myself, who will never forget what they
have done, and will forever blame them. The pain they have
caused in so many areas is unforgettable. They show no remorse
and refuse to be accountable for this mess.
Reminding both sides probably will not sway any opinions now.
They should just let the Cheneys, Palins, and Hannitys of
America continue spouting their nonsense, raking in the dough,
and eventually--you know-–"give them enough rope................"
No. Live and learn... move on! Griping about the past does nothing to change the future. I hope that the Democrats don't revert to using first-grade tactics in the midterms. Pointing fingers and tattling all the way home doesn't make anyone want to save you a seat on the swings... or in Congress.
Kansas City, MO
Democrats need to pound home what Bush did. It would be un-ethical to not remind people of one of the greatest tragedies in our history and allow them to vote for something that was sooo bad. Especially when Cheney keeps popping up with no remorse on what they did to our country.
I would break down the republican policies and constanly remind people of why they failed.
It is long past time for democrats to stop blaming everything on Bush. If this is the only reason they can think of for people to vote for them, then americans may want to seriously consider if they are worth voting for. Bush and Cheney have been the boogey men for democrats for long enough. If a democrat wants me to vote for them i need a better reason than 'they are not Bush'. I want to know what they plan to do to make things better, rather than hear their complaints about all the things that Bush did wrong.
No it's not. We are supposed to be moving forward. How is bringing up the Bush Era moving forward?
Don't tell me about Bush. Tell me what you will do for me while you're in office.
The best strategy for Dems is to present to the American people what their plans are to restore our economy, decrease unemployment rates and return our trust in their judgment. Reminding us of what happened during the Bush Administration is not helping us to know what they are doing to move this country forward. Where is the transparency and communication?
The Bush Administration was a disaster. It was the result of Republican control of both the legislative and executive branches of our government.
The Republican Congress during the Bush years is just as responsible as Bush is for the worst and most corrupt eight years of government in the history of the nation.
The electorate definitely should be reminded of this fact.
As a former but embarrassed Republican supporter, I fully endorse the plan to constantly remind the public of the Bush-Cheney lies, taking us to an unnecessary war in Iraq, spending $1.6 trillion on that war, driving the economy downward without doing anything, and the GOP being so partisan that they are afraid of Obama getting credit for anything positive. So they cheat the American public with rhetoric and lies, while the GOP politicians cower to racist media personalities. So, "yes"..... pound them for years. It is well deserved.
tampa, fl if the democrats now think the bush administration is so bad, how come the are no special commissions or indictments to start holding those responsible and dishing out some retribution. they won't as the democrats are just as bad as the republicans. and have just as much to hide.
I don't know if it's the best strategy, but it is certainly a necessary one: our memories are so short that it looks like we might just return to power the same idiotic, ideologically blinded Republican Party that got us into this mess in the first place.
It should be evident by now that Americans have a short memory and that they would much prefer to blame a black man for their troubles than a white man from a well to do family. We have seen that even during the Bush era, the public outcry for violations to the constitution were mute, and the Democrat controlled congress refused to even acknowledge the possibility of impeachment. What makes the Democrats think that blaming Bush now, is a good strategy?
Maybe not Jack, however I don't think strategies based on reality are going to work any better.
The "blame George W. Bush" strategy veil has worn very thin, and has exposed the man behind the curtain. You have to become a man soon Mr. President. You applied for the job and got it, even when many of us thought you were too immature. Time to take responsibility and cut the finger pointing that Democrats have gotten so used to doing.
This is not really a good idea, but since the Republicans are now trying to place the blame for EVERYTHING caused by Bush on Obama, its the only way to remind people where the problems origianally started.
That includes Iraq, Afghanistan stalemate, economy, jobs etc.
Yes... please remind everyone what a debacle the bush/cheney regime was so we never go back.
Bash Bush & you can sell a liberal anything. Everyone else believes that the democrats need a new stand up routine, the Bush gig is really stale.
The dems could try running on their record,,,,,, OOOOOPs ! on second thought, maybe they should Bash Bush one more time
Farmers Branch, Texas
No, I think Democrats should not use Bush-style scare tactics to win elections. I think a poster of "Palin 2012" would suffice.
Absolutely Jack, voters should be continuously reminded of the horrific previous Bush-Cheney administration that turned much of the world against all Americans, stuck us in the middle of two foreign wars at the same time, gutted funding to all Public Schools, Police Departments, Veterans Affairs and Social Services from coast to coast and took a wrecking ball to all American's 401K funds!
Yes, Virginia, you can beat a dead horse.
all the taxes will be fresh on there mind not bush
No one wants to hear about Bush anymore. Democrats need to drive the point that the Republicans are playing partisan politics, and trying to derail things that benefit us ALL – health care and climate change for a start!
It's not bad with the chance of Sarah Palin running she even forgets who her friends are or should I say were.
They allowed torturing Guantanamo Bay detainees to help justify their overthrowing Iraq, which amounts to war crimes and need to account for their actions so the Democrats rehashing the Bush-era failures can't hurt them any in the 2010 midterms.
Is reminding voters about the Bush era the best strategy for Democrats in the midterm elections?
Bush who got us into this mess, who was asleep at the wheel and our nation was attacked on our soil during HIS watch, who gave tax breaks to the wealthy, whose party violated house rules and arm twisted votes.. That Bush?
You bet and then some..
You must mean the socialists who want to make us the United States of France................Because Jack if wee keep this up we'll have nothing to lead.
no its not when you got Obama and the dems truning there backs on the people just like Bush did
I think it's their only strategy since they haven't been able to do anything productive themselves. Even so, there are alot of people that were perfectly happy with Bush, so I'm not sure even that is a good strategy. Best strategy is to get is too actually do something for a change.
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, well by skillful and sustained use of propaganda that worked in the last election Obama got elected. What has change? What we have here is two wars, millions out of work, China being our banker , the dollar worthless , millions with no health care. Merry Christmas.
Jack – let's hope that the Dems go with "Let's blame Bush" strategy and "Bush made things so bad that we have to spend our way out of it". I think that worked well for the Dems in Virginia and in New Jersey too. At this point, it would be helpful for the country to have the liberal wing of the Democratic party continue to control it and move ahead with their spend first ask questions later mentality.
I thinks that it is fair to do so. Its That man and "Darth" and the "Architect" left an unprecedented "steamy pile" for the other guys to clean up..And the Repubs stand squarely in line opposing every attempt to clean it up.It would be good to remember "the economy is fundamentally sound"..."I can see Alaska from my house" and other such catch phrases. You cannot allow the Becks, Limbaughs to hijack your governing bodies..Allow Obama to govern for his full term, and then vote him back or out..Its a very important time....
What needs to be done is for our Washington employees to come clean, and tell us exactly what happened, on the record. Where did our jobs go? What happened to them? Why were so many Americans allowed to buy a home, when they had no income? Where did all of our savings and 401(k) retirement saving go to? Why is no one in jail? Is Bernie, the only one guilty? What happened to all of the regulations that was in place to keep the dishonest people, honest!
A good swift kick in the electrics a*s wouldn't hurt. So, yes the Democrats should call out all the Republicans on this. I feel the Democrats will win many more seats in Congress, if this is done. The Democrats have to, "Cowboy up"!!
Considering that the Democrats are also within the realms of ridicule, the only thing they can do is point to the Republicans for their misdeeds. I have no use for either party; they are both just as despicable.
Bush should part of the strategy because he and his party is the reason that our economy is failing and our troops are at war in two countries. they need to point out the only reason we do not have a health care program for all our people not just the rich is the republicans and some democrats who are republicans in sheep's clothes, or claim to be conservative.
No, but if they have to run on their own record and what they have done since taking power in 2006 they stand zero chance of remaining in control. They have no choice they have to continue the blame game, hoping many Americans haven't been paying attention for the past 3 years.
Post Bush Era...
Gov't takeover of the auto industry.
Gov't takeover of the banks.
Gov't wealth transfer (unstimulating Stimulus)
Gov't success (sarcasm) in Cash-for-Clunkers
Gov't attempt to take over energy (Cap-n-Trade)
Gov't attempt to take over 1/6th of the economy (Healthcare)
Gov't record deficit spending
Gov't raising thier own creditcard limit...1...2...3...soon to be 4 times
Democrats have controlled congress for THREE years.
Democrats have unstoppable control in Congress and the White House for ONE full year.
I would sure hope that they remind voters of the Bush Era.
Jack, what's worse is they're trying to roll it back to the Clinton era!
The Democrats don't have a lot to brag about themselves. Actually both the Democrats and Republicans are a shameful bunch. I really have a hard time believing that this is our "best of the best"! I don't trust anyone in D.C. from the President on down.
The straight answer to your question is YES, as long as we remind voters that much of the Bushie damage will take decades to fix. We were running budget surpluses when Bush arrived; it took him about a 'New York minute' to end that. And while a response to the 9/11 attacks was necessary, there are those of us who believe a more focused one would have cost far less in lives and money. He found a way to turn the nation into a magnet, with very defined 'north' and 'south' poles. It will take more than two years to undo such horrific damage.
Rick, Medina, OH
All reminding us of the Bush era will do is remind us how much things haven't changed and have only gotten worse. We independents didn't vote for a massive rush to the left and spending that makes the drunken sailor Republican days look tame. Neither party's base is enough to get them elected but once in office, they pander to their base while refusing to solve the real problems this country faces. A pox on both their houses.
We are doomed if we do not remember the past.
I say tell us every day and remind us so we never forget.
we said never again for vietnam and look at us in two wars.
look at our deficit.
look at our economy
look at our security
look at our people suffering
NEVER AGAIN ALLOW ANOTHER BUSH IN THE WHITE HOUSE
But it won't be like 2008 this time. Barack Obama now has his own failures to contend with. Plus the Republicans will also be more aware of the internet. And it it's like Canada want to do, you will be voting over the Internet. Who gets the early fix in, will win..
A better strategy would be to not pass the Lieberman compromise in Health Care. Americans are not fools and not only will Democrats loose the right with this thing, they are going to loose the left base, that is folks like me. I didn't fight for Democrats for the last 10 years to get a mandate, that I buy insurance without a public option. Otherwise, it's just strong arm tactics, forcing me to pay into some CEO's slush fund.
Yes it is a good strategy.
People have short memories and need to be reminded constantly what Bush, Cheney and the republicans did to us and our country
these last eight years.
With all the lies, distortion, fear mongering and hpocrasy being
presented by your party, Jack, we need to fight back with truth,
rather than fiction.
No one has to remind us of the Bush era. There are enough reminders every day: war in Iraq continues, war in Afghanistan continues, economy in the toilet, foreclosures, deficits, unemployment are all legacies of that era. The Democrats problems stem from their own inability to implement a unified approach to anything. If they were as unified in purpose as the Republicans are to obstruct, maybe they could accomplish something.
I knew when Obama was elected that Bush-Bashing would be a full-time occupation until it no longer worked. Now Obama is in the White House, and he can blame Bush all he wants, but HE is in control, and America will judge HIM, not Bush on what happens next.
Signed an independent minority voter.
Would it really do any good? My perception is that many voters are uninformed and educated about criteria for selecting a qualified President. But, I am pleased that the President we have for another three years is Obama.
Bush was a disaster, but Obama has been worse than I imagined.
Signed an independent minority voter.
Absolutely, what else do they have that might resonate. They certainly can't take credit for any major accomplishments particularly given their almost unprecedented majorities in both houses of congress. If the electorate is gullible enough, and they probably are, better to create fear and and say the other guys are responsible for it. It is after all what both parties are best at and there is already plenty of fear to build on. Leadership, governance and accountability is hard, fear and blame is not.
Bush-bashing might have been a good strategy for the 2008 elections, but at this point, we independents can plainly see that it is nothing but a smoke-screen to hide the arrogance, irresponsibility and incompetence of both the Obama Administration and the Congress.
When I cast my vote a year ago I truly misjudged the struggle the Democrats would have with implementing success in the future.
Not in my book. The Dems have to stand on their record, which is now 3 yrs in control of congress, and is a pitiful example of running the country.
Yes Jack, I think the Bush era is worth reminding the people about. Be cause I do not really think people realize just what a mess was handed over to president Obama. It takes more than a year to recover from the mess like that. When you have a party like the republicans purposely digging in their heels down to a person and refusing to work together doesn't help either. The only thing the republicans went along with was sending more troops to Afghanistan. They seem to really like war. Which is another thing we should keep be reminded about. Before we go off and invade another country for no good reason.
Not when President Obama promised "change we can believe in" during the campaign.What with troop surges in war zones, upholding the unpopular Patriot Act , refusing to do anything meaningful to rein in health care, oil
and banking lobbies( which regularly undermine the American people), I have been disappointed so far by the Dems I helped elect.So much for our President taking us in a new direction.
Yes, and the most honest strategy as well. Jack, Republicans spent the last eight years squandering our riches while undermining the middle class for their wealthy friends. Now they are obstructing the Democrats as they try to right this ship, and claiming that they care about deficits and the little guy.
The hypocrisy is transparent, except for all coverage being about the event rather than the facts. It's time for a (recent) history lesson.
how short is the memory of the people to forget the past eight years and all its consequences we are still facing today on top of all the delay tactics from republicans while people have no health insurance...We do not need to dig very far to see republican lacking ethics and morals!
The best strategy for the Democrats is to stop the bickering and fighting amoungst themselves and to actually work together to get something done.
Voters don't care about Bush, they care about jobs, spending and taxes. Things that actually affect our lives. If the Democrats are keep talking about the past rather than the future, then they may just become a thing of the past themselves.
Want more of the same? Vote more Republicans back into office. Nothing will ever change with the Republicans. They are only for big business and the rich. The little man does not have a snow ball's chance in hell of getting a fair shake. Be careful what you wish for folks.
At first it had traction, but now, after the Dem the White House for a year, and Congress for quite a few more than that, it's starting to increasingly sound like nothing but a lame attempt at scapegoating.
Meanwhile, the Dem-controlled Congress and the Dem-controlled White House have just signed-off on a pork-laden spending bill that is just chock-full of goodies for everyone. Except for Social Security recipients, that is, who fail to receive a cost-of-living increase for the first time in, what, thirty years?
There's "hope" for you.
Jack, anybody who needs to be reminded of Larry Wide-stance Craig haunting men's rooms, of Mark Foley stalking teenage boys, and of Cheney lying to everyone about everything, is far too forgetful to remember to vote.
Jack, what we really need is a dress code for congress and the senate, they need to bs required to wear jump suits with their sponsors names on them just like NASCAR drivers so we can keep up with who owns them and who has bought them.
Weren't the democrats in charge of the house the last two years of the Bush Administration and in control of spending ?? And they are blaming B ush .. The democrats are a joke to be laughed at in my book!!! Spending our money they don't have and our children's money and grandchildren's money ... I surely wish I could write a blank check for all my needs .
Forget Bush. The wars are now Obama's wars, the lack of Wall Street regulation stopping the continuation of legal theft is now the Democrat's bag of rocks to drag, the robber baron insurance companies starring Sen Aetna Leiberman are the new the symbol of the People's Congress, and the lack of support for sensible environmental legislation is being ghost written by famous author Sarah Palin. President Obama blew change as soon as he got comfy in the White House. Regretfully he is dreaming of re-election plums dancing in his head and forgot all about change. Change takes the courage go agaiinst the tide, e.g. bring home the troops, veto anything less than a real reform bill, tax the Wall Street thieves until they are driving used Prius instead of Bentleys and spend every day telling the whole truth. That's the change we voted for.
There is nothing too negative that can be said about the republican agenda, philosophy or hopes and dreams. They are completely obstructionist and definitely desire to turn the clock back. Can everybody spell fascist?
That said, Pelosi and company are their best hope for the future. While the republicans all goose step together the democrats are hopelessly incapable of agreeing on anything. Even if they had a leader they would still look like a herd of turkeys.
We absolutely need a thrid party.
Of course we should remember GWB. The Republicans had eight years to create this mess, including a massive portion of the deficit. So far, Obama has had eleven months to try to get us out of it.
Yes reminding voters about the era of the Republicans, led by GWB is the way to go for DEms during mid-term...They did not address any of these life and death issues, like Healthcare reform, energy independence,green economy...etc....mind you I am not to thrilled with the job performance by the Dems either....... we need a House Cleaning......
Jack, as a big Obama supporter I have to say, not if what your'e doing now doesnt' look much better.
I support the guy one hundred percent, but he needs to really take the reins on this thing. One can't call out the past administration on it's failure to capture Osama bin Laden for example, if one hasn't thrown the search for him into overdrive. One can't say they're going to change the way washington works if one is coddeling the industries that lbby them. And one can't incentivize insurance industries to lower their rates by fining those who don't have it or can't get it. That's just incentive to dig in your heals and protect the status quo. I'd like to say that it's good because it's forcing the republicans to "get it", but I can't do that when every single republican is completely oblivious. They're still defending bush policies even if they've distanced themselves from him personally, AND they're continuing to back Cheney. Still, the current prez just can't seem to get over that hump.
Both Healthcare Reform and Credit reform should be easy. Regulate both properly and enforce those regulations with extreme prejudice. If someone stands in your way, make them famous by roll calling their names during your now weekly address and carving their political tombstones. Problem solved.
Jack. I think your question contains a typo when it refers to the Bush "era". Don't you mean the Bush "error"? Virtually everything that sorry man did during his 8 pathetic years in office has seriously hurt the USA and the rest of the world.
I think it's a good thing to remind voters or the Republican mistakes during the Bush years. We haven't had a strong enough turn over of Republican politicians, so it's a good bet that the same Republican policies that we saw during the Bush era would re-surface. No Thank You...
I think the best stratagy is to ask the american public to vote for or against their candidate based on whether they lost their home and job under the bush administration,that should easily do the job all by itself.
Jack, I am for one tired of hearing about Bush good or Bad,and since he is past history,I believe they are beating a dead dog as the saying goes.What they need to do is stop the spending and get the budget under control,and I do not care how much money Princess Pelosi has.
My answer is to the question you asked about raises for all Federal employees and none for the senior citizens. My answer is NO! NO! NO!
so– goverment employes need a cola. but people on ss dont need one?? if the cost of living has gone up– which my'ne has–why shouldn't shouldn't I get a cola also ??
a bunch of crooks in the house and senate, they really dont care for the poor. kick them all out, I for one will not vote for any incumbent
Absolutely, Jack. What Republicans who were around during the Bush years have worked with Democrats to change anything Bush screwed up? You can count them on how many fingers? It should be included as a strategy for sure.
San Clemente, Cal
Unfortunately reminding voters of the Bush era probably is Democrat best strategy. The Obama era is not much different than the Bush era so anything they can do to take the spotlight off themselves can only help.
YES...His "sucked" also. Maybe we need to go back to Eisenhower's presidency.
Yes, this is the same tactic that was used for President Reagan. Reagan constantly reminded us of what happened during the Carter Administration. What worked then should work now. Besides, the Republicans caused a financial mess that should send them away from Washington D.C. forever.
Probably will not help if the Democrats do not DO something about the current problems.
Voters tend to not see the forest for the trees, and the present non-performing Democrats present as a LOT of trees. voters will not really remember that we were already in horrible shape when the Democrats gained control. All they will see is the do-nothing attitude of those currently in powr!
The best way for the Democrats to have a successful mid-term election is to DO something.
Pass a GOOD health care reform bill.
Get our troops HOME and quit spending THAT money.
Get Americans BACK TO WORK!
If they can accomplish these goals they will sweep the elections. If not, woe is them!
The President did not take too much...it is the ones doing political as usual that is not used to being asked to do more for the country and learn to give more for the American people!
Hear Nice snow is coming...that should get people working overtime until they pass the healthcare bill! Beautiful Snow...feels like home!
Be serious the American attention span is not long enough to remeber The Bush Era disasters. They want Obama to fix everything in less than a year. Beside the way the Democrats are treating each other and president Obama, Bush may get a pass on being a disfunctional disaster. At the very least at least Bush knew how to twist arms, bust heads and get bills passed with Democrats or Republicans in charge,
My fellow Democrat friends are not at all pleased when the prez, Nancy, Harry or any of the others refer to the problems they inherited. They need to stop this practice. Hey Nancy, are you watching?
Jack, only if the democrats call out these GOPers for their obstructions for political gain. If the Bush administration's dismal performance is highlighted they should reflect on their shut down of the government under Newt, or their interferance in the personal lives of Terry Schivo, and their insistance on not telling the truth in order to convince the les informed to support polices that do not work in their best interests, for starters.
Americans do not need to be reminded of W. He put his brand on all of our butts before leaving office. His Administration kept the economy pumped up until they left office. No we do not need to be reminded of him.
We cannot and never will forget him.
Obama has been using the 'I inherited this mess' excuse for a year now. Sorry, but it's worn out. Today's problems are his problems and the Democratic Congress'. They wanted to be in power, well guess what, with power comes blame. Either you produce results or you don't. So far Democrats have been all talk and no action.
Anyone with half a brain would realize that, how could you forget the past eight years and the big mess Bush,Chaney and their band of thieves left us in.
Yes, I will never vote Republican.
If the Bush era isn't enough to scare you, then think about the hate mongering crybabies that will never be for the middle/poor people.
If you think you have it tough now, vote for the Repubs and watch them hand everything over to the wealthy again.
All they stand for is tax cuts for the fat cats.
Why do you think they don't want health care for us? They are getting rich from the insurance and drug companies.
They tell you what they want you to hear and con you into thinking the Democrats are no good. Put them in again and you will be sorry.
As far as polls, you can get the answer you want, depending who you ask and what you ask.
Not unless they want the same fate that befell the Bush Republicans. Blaming the other guy only works short term, eventually you have to come up with a plan to fix things, and all the Democrats' plan seems to entail is spending more and more taxpayers' money. The only problem with that is sooner or later the taxpayers realize that the spending doesn't benefit them, only the politicians' cronies. You'd think that they'd learn from the past, but they are condemned to repeat it.
Yeah, every time. If something doesn't go right, say you inherited the problem from Bush. If it goes your way, say that because of your policies, you've solved the problem.
...."much more interested in the 2010 races than those planning to vote Democrat."
Vote "Democrat"? If you can't say "Democratic", then don't say anything at all.
Being President is doing the hard work even when people are sick of hearing about healthcare due to whatever reasons from delay to the summer drama to the PR machines of various special interests! The President can't govern based on if the people are happy about what is doing all the time! Nobody is happy about war and nobody is ever happy about other tough decisions that needs to be made, period!
Without a doubt Jack! The Bush era is the MAIN reason this country is in this Economic Crisis and Recession! President Obama was hired to clean up the messes and so far he's doing a lousy job because he put the economy on the back burner and turned his focus onto healthcare reform, BAD IDEA! 2 wars! A Recession! 15 Million unemployed! tax credits to the richest Americans! All = The Bush Era, and lets not forget that!
It’s not the best strategy … but …. by reminding voters that the Republican Party saying NO to everything clearly means they wants to return to the good-old-days of Bush.
Not no more Jack the kleashey has lost its taste America has been in this position before and wost and the elected president fixed the mess ether this president can do the job or he cant .
The climate bill will pass in the Senate...
it is time for some dinosaurs to get out of office!!!! Bring 2010!!!!
Republicans has not develop their oil while in power!!!
I forgot...they have oil friends!
The Bush administration has turned this world we know upside down. If the american people have forgotten so quickly, then I guess he may as well of nuked Canada, or invaded Britian as, it to, would be forgotten. If you haven't been paying attention ,what has to happen before you do. No, they should not need to remind anyone as the memory should still be lingering on our minds for a long time.
The Democrats, if they can be called that anymore, must never stop speaking about or reminding us about the Bush/Cheney "years." To call it an "era" is to infer that it was a time of development, a time of positive events and a time that should be memorialized. It was none of these. The time to stop talking about the Bush years is not until a thorough and candid investigation of all that transpired in his years in office has been completed by Congress. Our government owes us this, it is their duty and we, the American people, deserve nothing less. Until then, do not let them rest.
The best strategy for the Democrats is to identify with and listen to real people, not political strategists who they pay for advice. It's the economy, stupid. Stop the obscene Wall Street bonuses, bankrolling banks, overpaying for medications and medicines, gouging credit consumers, paying for protecting other people's countries with American blood and money, in other words, take care of business at home.
Can you all explain that CONGRESS is the problem here, not the President?
Watch how many people bash Obama instead of the GOP obstructionists who are blocking what he's trying to do to help our country clean up Bush's mess.
Any mental health professional; psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, and they will tell you that blame is only a means of deflecting one's own shame.
If the Democrats had nothing to be ashamed of, they would not have to worry about who to blame.
I don't think people need to be reminded about the last administration. It's seared into the minds of most people. They'd be serving the American people much better by proving they're on the right track by living up to the promises they made to operate in a more responsible manner. If they don't, they'll be a bunch of also-rans in the next election.
Jack. I think your question contains a typo when if refers the the Bush "era". Don't you mean the Bush "error"? Virtually everything that sorry man did during his 8 pathetic years in office has seriously hurt the USA and the rest of the world.
Jack, most people have come to realize what the Obama Administration has yet to figure out. The Bush Era is OVER! And yet, we keep hearing about what was "inherited." It really doesn't matter how any particular problem came about, what the American people want to hear is how Obama is going to SOLVE THEM! So far he's good at pointing fingers, but he falls far short of actual solutions. And that will hurt Democrats both in 2010 and 2012, if things remain as they are with the blame game.
I think that the democrats need to stop trying to raise the fears of the bush era, grow a pair and do something about it. The people elected the democrats to power because they said they would " end the republican culture of corruption and restore a government as good as the people it serves". They have not done that! In fact, they have not done anything concerning this issue and very little on anything else. I think that this is the most deplorable excuse for a congress that I have ever seen and I'm a democrat of 20 yrs. This topic means more to the people than anything else because we are living with the repercussions of the Bush administrations crimes financially and morally. I know that there is a lot going on in the country but, the fact is the one thing that the new congress was sent to DC to do was this. If you listen to the house speaker. She basically said that this is a non issue. Which means that justice will not be served on the people's behalf on this matter. Despicable! They need to return the validity of the American system of justice and restore our lost civil rights. I must say that I have already planned on not voting for any democrats in the next elections if this does not change fast.
...is there any another strategy left for my party? "If at first you don't succeed – blame others" is my philosophy too.
Remember w's handlers got him elected – TWICE. With their deep pockets the republicans can hire a lot of propaganda and ads too.
Democrats are at a disadvantage. Net worth and Ivy League degrees are related. The invitation to the inner circle of the Uber rich is very limited but has a lot of CEOs, bank presidents.
Half the population has below average intelligence so the use of logic and truth is greatly diluted.
Sham rage, showmanship and the attention holding techniques worked out by the Children's Television Workshop long ago seem to work pretty well. Create the image that you are tough, make tough mistakes and then claim you are strong principled leader, etc. Tell the BIG LIE. It works.
Yes and no. It could work in order to show them how weak Republicans are, but no because they will keep using Bush as an excuse for why they can't get the job done.
The trend of blaming previous administration's is a dead end game, where all Americans loose. Jack, I've been a staunch republican for 58 years but not anymore. There is no difference between the two parties anymore. The only CHANGE is the democratic pockets tax payer money ends up in. If we want to save our nation, we must limit all elected officials to two terms and vote all incumbants out of both houses of congress now.
The Democrats reminding us how awful the Republican President and Congress were while demonstrating that they're even worse by doing everything they did even more gives Independents the best chance ever to take control of the government. As a non-partisan independent I think it's a great strategy. For our country and our citizens.
The Democrats are a bunch of whiners, they need to take ownership of the situation they created and are in right now. forget the past.
One of the things that 25 years in management taught me is that when people keep talking about what a bad job others are doing, it usually means that they're the ones who are doing a bad job.
I voted for Bush and I voted for Obama. I had to move on. The country has to move on too and avoid looking back as a way of making your present day decisions look better than they really are.
Let’s see, we are talking responsibility for and not blame right? I’m trying to think of a current disaster that wasn’t left behind by George W. Bush. There are the Bush tax cuts for the rich that theoretically creates jobs and boosts the economy that obviously didn’t work. No regulation of the banks. Ditto. Two wars and torturing at Gitmo, we’re still working on that. We have a health insurance monopoly that is out of control with too many people uninsured and dying because of it. Bush’s party is doing nothing constructive to help the situation, just beating the same old dead horses into the ground with lies and scare tactics. I’d say, given the short memories and impatience of Americans, we need to be reminded over and over again how we got here and who put us here. It wasn’t President Obama or the Democrats. Remember that.
Reminding the public of the Bush administration policies of the republicans also reminds the public of democratic spinelessnss both then and now. The democratic party needs to remind the public of what they have accomplished with their majority, other wise they will be handing the country back to the swift boating tea bagger scions of the John Birtch Society. You would think that the democratic party would be smart enough to hold power against those people. But, democrats have the awful habit of acting like snobs by sticking the noses so far in the air that it cuts off oxigen to their brains. Show us what you have done with your majority, or you are done.
No. People are already sick of Obama bringing up the Bush mess he inherited. We have the collective memory of one of my shoes. Use the anti-health care reform prayer meetings, attended by folks like Bachmann and DeMint, who would prefer to convert us to a theocracy. That should scare the living hell out of a lot us.
No. Live and learn... move on! Griping about the past does nothing to change the future. I hope that the Democrats don't revert to using first-grade tactics in the midterms. Pointing fingers and tattling all the way home doesn't make anyone want to save you a seat on the swings... or in Congress.
Jack, no. The time has come for the Democrats to move beyond that tactic and see if they can implement legislation that will aim at reducing the unemployment numbers as well as some regulations on the banking industry to curb reckless and overly speculative risk taking and no more massive bailouts to failed banks and companies has to be a priority. The blame game has got to stop and be replaced by broad measures that will give the nation a psychological boost of confidence for their future.
If that's the Democrats' battle cry this year: Back to Bush or Us....then we citizens are between a rock and a hard place.
Jack, No, it isn't. But when you listen to both sides of the isle, it's enough to both take your breath entirely away, and want to have a very large shot of something real quick(which happens before the majority vote anyway from the looks of things). It's the same-old, same-old as far as I can see, and it's not going to change until the whole system collapses on itself, which doesn't appear to be too far off. Layne A. Antioch, IL.
The democrats have been following the strategy of continually reminding the country about the Bush era since the innauguration & what has it gotten them? Free fall in the approval ratings for Democrats, unexpected losses in Virginia & New Jersey, disenchantment by Independents & the far left, and the beginnings of quiet criticism by critical core voting groups (youth, elderly, black Americans).
By all means, keep up this strategy! Maybe Americans won't notice we don't have fiscal restraint, transperency or reduction in earmarks while taxes are increasing, the federal government is attempting to wreck our health care system & are now more deeply involved in war.
The present administration took over the worst mess that any new administration has ever had to deal with. That includes the great depression as there were no wars in 1932. Bush left us two. I pray the voters are smart enough to know that this mess can't be fixed overnight.
Were not worried about who caused it were worried about whos going to fix it if the blame game is all he can do then move over and let some one else have the job.
Why not, from where I see it the Republicans are still working for Bush and show no interest in working for Americans.
No one in this country knows exactly how bad the financial system really was, because of the things President Obama HAD to do inorder to put things together. I don't mind what he did. What I do mind is that dummy Sean Hannity convincing people that our children would be in bad shape because of it. Every industry was affected because of this financial greed, and according to the Republicans nothing should have been done-that would have caused our children more harm. Think seriously about the words of "not doing anything" that is scary to me. Doing nothing is what made the financial meltdown happen. Spending had to take place. Warren Buffet said that the stimulus was not enough and this is a man who has built and empire. The only thing Hannity has built is hate. He has his own agenda and it has nothing to with the middle class and working poor. So yes we must be reminded and we must continue to do something about it and when that does not work, we need to do something else.
Reminders of the Bush years should be part of the congressional campaigns since we can't go back to tax cuts for the rich and financing two wars off the books like they did in the bad old days. Republicans are screaming about the national debt but take no responsibility for getting us that deep in the hole. I wish Democrats could run more on their accomplishments, but everything seems to stall out in the senate due to the party of "NO!"
Jack, to be honest with you screw both parties. We've had it.
Have a nice weekend.
Jack Please focus on the future not the past, Americans have a selective memory and they want things to happen in snap of a finger, I want to say how I'm proud of our President efforts in regards to Clement Change and Clean Energy around the world, President Obama speech was fantastic,
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