Bush Was Better
Now this is interesting:
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.
There are a number of centrist-types who were rah-rah for Obama during the campaign from whom I haven’t heard since the man began attempting to govern. In a sense, Obama’s strategy was to hold up a picture of President Bush (not unlike the one that Glenn Reynolds posted in relation to the polling information) and told Americans that he would be the opposite of whatever they didn’t like about his predecessor — left, right, whatever.
It was naked deception, but it worked. Too many right-of-center people didn’t realize that Obama included “even more” among the qualifiers for “opposite.”