Republicans and folks in the media may mock President Obama for pointing to President Bush as the culprit for the country’s continuing economic woes. But beyond accuracy, there’s a reason the White House keeps making this argument: people believe it. They say people have short memories. But according to a new poll (and most other polls on this question) clearly majorities of Americans continue to blame President Bush and the GOP for the country’s economic problems. And that’s a real problem if you’re Mitt Romney.
That’s not all bad for Mitt. You can still argue that even if it’s not Obama’s fault, he’s just not up to the task of fixing it. But that’s a much tighter argument to have to make.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.