Bad News for the Republican Party: Americans Are Becoming More Informed
However, as the President’s poll numbers are climbing, discouraged Republicans are beginning to blame the Romney campaign’s incompetence for his inability to sell himself and the Party’s agenda to usher in an era of economic prosperity. Some Republicans claim, quietly, that Romney’s inept campaign is hurting down ticket candidates, but they are missing an important point; it is not Romney’s incompetent campaign, it is the Republican agenda.
The results of a Bloomberg news poll that show Romney’s disapproval rating is higher than former president George W. Bush are an indictment of both Romney and Bush. Most Americans rightly blame Bush for the Great Recession and slow recovery from Republican economic malfeasance and policies that tanked the economy and started two Mideast wars, and his high disapproval rating (49 percent) bears that out. Romney’s unfavorable rating came in at 50 percent and his favorable rating, 43 percent, was lower than Bush’s at 46 percent and it proves that Americans are paying attention to the Romney campaign’s message that a victory in November will be a return to Bush policies that sent America into an economic spiral President Obama has turned around.
The American people may never forgive Bush-Republicans for devastating the economy, but they are aware he cannot do any more damage and at least he never openly demeaned half the population as parasites and moochers. Romney, however, contends that Americans receiving government assistance are “takers,” and Republicans have promoted that fallacy for the past two years and openly campaign on making Draconian social safety net cuts to make room for tax cuts for the wealthy.