Bereft of new ideas the GOP are falling back to basics in conservatism and proposing – again – the exact same policies that Bush had, but without Bush they feel that they can mount a comeback in the US.
Now, what is interesting is all those who lauded Bush are now, unsurprisingly, blaming Bush for the crap that the US is in. Certainly not the fact that they, the GOP, were in the majority until 2006.
Did Congress fall in the opinion polls in that time? Yes they did.
But one of the main reasons for that – again forgotten, is that the new Democrats would not impeach Bush – but that is by the by.
Bush was not the millstone – and that is what the GOP do not ‘get’! It was and is the policies of the GOP – they have to change those but, as we see and will see from their alternative budget – their policies are still exactly the same as before – what’s new?
“President Bush had become extremely unpopular, and politically he was sort of a millstone around our necks in both ’06 and ’08,” McConnell told reporters Friday. “We now have the opportunity to be on offense, offer our own ideas and we will win some.”
“We’re going to show a leaner budget, a budget with lower taxes, lower spending and lower borrowing,” Ryan said.
The blueprint includes familiar Republican proposals to limit “wasteful” government spending, cut the size of government and provide incentives to private entities to expand access to health care.
Maybe the newly converted Newt will have a better idea – oh – wait…
What the Republicans are waiting for is:
“They become the way you chart the course for a comeback, which, in this country, always happens at some point,” McConnell said. “The pendulum swings.”
Not if the living memory isn’t erased – and people in 2010 will still remember Bush – and will be reminded of it – often!