Still Running Against Bush

Jun 16 2011 @ 6:16pm

A NBC/WSJ poll finds that "more than six in 10 respondents" say Obama "inherited the country’s economic problems" from Bush. Douthat pays attention:

[I]t’s still a built-in advantage that most presidents presiding over these kind of jobs numbers wouldn’t enjoy. And if you’re a Republican candidate in 2012, the resilience of this advantage (and the memory of Bush that it’s founded on) seems like a good reason not to run for president on an economic agenda that just doubles down on supply-side economics, while refusing to admit that there were any problems with the Bush economy that couldn’t have been solved with more tax cuts for businesses and investors.