The other day I speculated on how effective Bush bashing could prove for Democrats in 2010, and basically concluded that it depends on how successful Obama is perceived. However, I also think there is a danger of Bush-bashing sounding old, and via Jim Geraghty, I see that Jon Corzine gave us a perfect example last night as he kicked off his post-primary reelection campaign in New Jersey:
Incumbent Democratic Governor Jon Corzine is kicking off his campaign tonight, and he’s decided that he will ignore whoever wins the Republican primary tonight and pretend that he’s running against former President Bush.
“My opponents won’t tell you who they’re going to cut — they’ll have to check with George W. Bush on that! …I won’t entrust our state’s future to the same people who gave us George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft, skyrocketing unemployment, a housing crisis and the war in Iraq! New Jersey cannot afford to get Bushwhacked again!”
Resorting to the same, worn out anti-Bush rhetoric in a desperate attempt to distract attention from his own failed term as governor does not strike me as a winning strategy, even in a heavily Democratic state.
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