Now, I realize that this will be perceived as me complaining and lambasting those who are still blaming the Bush Administration. But, it's not intended that way. I'm honestly wondering when mainstream politicians (let's change that..."well known" politicians) will stop blaming George Bush for their problems. By now, they must have realized that this strategy has failed miserably. They got a lot of mileage out it up to four years after Bush was last on the ballot. But I think Bush is basically a distant memory to most people now. They are certainly not going to blame him over the current administration and most recent Congress. Doing so is obviously 1) Misguided to begin with and 2) Pointless. It's misguided because it's nearly impossible to show that Bush caused our current economic problems and it's pointless because it's the current Congress and Admin that are supposed to "fix" those problems. They've had two full years. Congress had four full years.
In fact, I can't recall a time where the Congress and Administration blamed the previous administration for problems for such a long time. I have to wonder how much anti-Bush rhetoric Obama will use in 2012. My instincts tell me that he will try to tie his GOP opponent to Bush. But I don't think that is going to fly. The line "we can't just continue the failed policies of the Bush Administration" is going to fall very flat, I think. It also doesn't make sense, as right now there isn't a sane person alive that believes that Obama's policies have benefited the country as of yet. There are many that argue those policies WILL benefit the country. But not many folks are out there claiming they have do so at this point.
However, it's difficult to argue that 9.4% unemployment (19% broader unemployment), quadrupled deficits, $3.2 trillion added to the debt in two years and two to three million jobs lost constitutes anything other than failure. One can claim the stimulus "saved" jobs that otherwise would have been lost, but there is really no proof of that. One can rightly note that the Bush Administration added to the deficit and started the bailouts, but it's hard to argue that things haven't gotten much worse under Obama.
So, when does it stop? And if it doesn't, will blaming Bush work in 2012?