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Cornyn's imaginary Bush renaissance

Topics: Favorable Ratings , George Bush , George W. Bush

During a C-SPAN interview taped Friday, National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman John Cornyn claimed "a lot of people are looking back with more fondness on President Bush's administration" (interview video):

Cornyn also defended Democrats' attempts to make former President Bush an issue in the 2010 election. "I think President Bush's stock has gone up a lot since he left office," Cornyn said, citing Bush's response to Sept. 11. "I think a lot of people are looking back with more fondness on President Bush's administration, and I think history will treat him well."

While conservatives may be "looking back with more fondness on President Bush's administration," there's no evidence of a general pro-Bush shift in public opinion.Here's a chart showing the proportion of the public that reports having a favorable or positive opinion of Bush since January 2009:

Bushfav

The trendline is essentially flat. Given the state of the economy, for which many Americans hold Bush responsible*, I wouldn't expect his ratings to improve any time soon.

* A June NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found (PDF) that 40% of Americans think Bush is "solely responsible" or "mainly responsible" for the state of the economy and an additional 46% think he is "only somewhat responsible."

Update 7/19 12:59 PM: I see NBC's First Read noted the lack of change in ratings of Bush in the NBC/WSJ poll this morning. I have also embedded a clip of Cornyn's statement from Think Progress above.

[Cross-posted to brendan-nyhan.com]

 

Comments
theoko:

"While conservatives may be "looking back with more fondness on President Bush's administration," there's no evidence that the American people are doing so."

Note the increasing tendency of conservatives to equate "conservatives" with "Americans". Then ask yourself if compromise is possible with political solipsists.

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Farleftandproud:

Yes Cornyn is the description of a Corporate Republican. I don't think he is as likeable as the other Texas senator but their senators are certainly civil when they debate the issues. This year it has been other Texas congressmen who have apologized to BP, called Stupak a "baby killer", and another one compared illegals to vermin, and this one wasn't quite so bad but there is that guy whose last name begins with a G who talked about "demons possessing the white house". I sort of got his joke after the Dems tried to use that Deam n pass technique to pass health care.

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Ptolemy:

Has anyone considered the possibility that Republicans are actually encouraging Democrats to run against Bush? In the NPR congressional battleground poll last month, most voters agreed that "Bush is more responsible for the problems with the economy" and also that "Obama’s economic policies have run up a record federal deficit while failing to end the recession or slow the record pace of job losses".

It's easier to link an incumbent Democrat to the sitting President than to link a Republican newbie to the former President.

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Farleftandproud:

I disagree that running against Bush policies in 2010 for the Democrats is a mistake. I think they should focus on all they have accomplished since he left office; we have some regulation over the greedy insurance industries, paving the way to more affordable health care and no denial of pre-existing conditions. Likewise we got financial reform passed. We would still be fighting in Iraq while Al Queda would be multipling significantly in Afghanistan.

I think the GOP has to re-define themselves as different from the Bush administration, and the war in Afghanistan will be a interesting debate.

I think there is clear justification for the Dems to talk about what they have accomplished and focus on the policies of the Party of No.

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Farleftandproud:

And Ptolemy is lying. We have had more job gains in the past few months than we had in a long time.

Conservatives simply hope and pray the economy stays bad so they can suck gullible voters into voting for them.

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Ptolemy:

Hey, FL&P:

Wake up and smell the data! The Greenberg Quinlan Rosner organization polled battleground (think toss-up) congressional districts; one of the questions was to choose between two statements:

"First Statement: President Obama’s economic policies helped avert an even worse crisis, and are laying the foundation for our eventual economic recovery."

"Second Statement: President Obama’s economic policies have run up a record federal deficit while failing to end the recession or slow the record pace of job losses."

By a significant margin, most voters in these districts believed the second statement. Get over it...

http://www.gqrr.com/articles/2454/5722_NPRBG06152010.FINAL.pdf

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real_american:

Is this all we can expect from this site now that arianna huffington is calling the shots? All this Obama defensiveness and Bush bashing is getting extremely boring.

Why don't you give us some articles that don't get written from DNC talking points memos?

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Mike E:

God I miss Bush. Oh for the days when we had a competent administration.

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kariq:

Mike E. said: "God I miss Bush. Oh for the days when we had a competent administration."

That may be the most unintentionally funny thing I've read in a long time.

Unless you're talking about the first Bush, in which case I withdraw my comment.

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Mike E:

@kariq.

Compared to Obama, I should have been clear.

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