Many Conservatives are still in denial about Baby Bush. He has become some martyred saint to some on the Right, hence my name St. George of the Bush. The biggest joke is, Baby Bush was no Conservative. He was a Progressive Rockefeller Republican. Another fact some Conservatives are in denial is the unpopularity St. George of the Bush has with the American public.
Despite being out of office 2 1/2 years a majority of Americans still blameBush for the bad economy. To be fair, Obama’s policies haven’t helped and have caused long term damage. However, the public still has bad taste in its mouth from the Baby Bush years.
Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of President Obama’s handling of the economy, but by 2-1 they pin the blame on former President George W. Bush rather than Obama, who is now more than 60 percent through his term of office
“Given this public view, it might be reasonable to expect that the president’s re-election campaign will be, as it was in 2008, running against the former president, in addition to the actual GOP nominee,” said Brown. “The key voting bloc, independents, say 49 – 24 percent that Bush is more responsible for the economy than Obama.”
In order to defeat Obama, the GOP nominee must distance themselves from St. George of the Bush. Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann were criticized for taking swipes at Baby Bush. However as the poll shows, this is good strategy. The truth is, Americans don’t like Bush. Just because they have soured on Obama, doesn’t mean they have a fondness for the Bush years.
A Non-Bush Republican would make it difficult for Obama to hang St. George of the Bush around their neck.