When he brags about supporting George W. Bush, that’s panic talking:
A longtime House Democrat in electoral jeopardy this fall says he supported former President George W. Bush more than President Obama.
Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), first elected in 1976, is a top target of Republicans in a state where Obama has long been deeply unpopular. He is facing a state senator, Evan Jenkins, who switched to the GOP to challenge him, and the House Democratic campaign committee recently added him to its “Frontline” list of members that need the most help saving their seat in November.
“There’s no question my critics try to blame Obama-Rahall for everything,” Rahall told The Hill. “I mean, the snow blitz that’s coming tonight is probably Obama-Rahall’s fault. And they won’t have that to do two years from now, so it’s obvious they’re leaving no stone unturned to defeat me this time. Because it’s the last time they’ll have Obama around! It’s that simple.”
“Hey, don’t blame me for that guy from my party who’s been in the White House for the last five years!”
The schadenfreude here is sweet, my friends. For years, after the shock of 9/11 wore off soon after the liberation of Iraq, the Democrats hurled vile calumnies at President Bush in their desperate quest to regain power. No comparison was too low, no lie too blatant, no fantasy too lurid. After Obama was inaugurated in 2009, the “blame Bush” deflection efforts became so common as to become ritualized, a two-minutes hate. George W. Bush, not the greatest president but a good man, was the new Emmanuel Goldstein.
And now, thanks to a rotten economy made chronic by Obama’s policies, his arrogant contempt for the rule of law, and the chaos created by his signature legislation, Democrats are starting to demand they be compared to… George W. Bush.
It wouldn’t surprise me to see several more as Election Day draws near.
Via Jim Geraghty, who offers a second example.
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UPDATE 3/14/2014: From David Freddoso’s Conservative Intelligence Briefing, a Republican-commissioned poll shows Rahall’s likely opponent, State Senator Evan Jenkins, ahead by 14 points. Even accounting for partisan bias, Rahall’s congressional career looks like toast. Freddoso offers a possible reason:
In Rahall’s particular case, his vote for the Progressive Caucus budget (which contained a carbon tax) will probably be his undoing. There’s just no way out of that one when you represent coal country.
Voting against your constituents’ interests? Huh. Funny how that works out.