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  •  I'm not sure you want Obama to end up like W (0+ / 0-)

    But let's recall that George W. Bush ended up with 27% approval rating.

    I sympathize with your point. It would feel good, right?

    But the truth is, George W.'s ability to cram through legislation was vastly overrated. Let's remember the collapse that began immediately after his reelection, and the supposed "capital" he earned for finally winning a vote.

    SS privatization crashed and burned, and the remainder of his second term domestic legislation (Medicare Part E, No Child Left Behind) were anathema to most conservatives. Really, the only legislation he passed were his tax cuts and WoT related to September 11.

    And that's with controlling all three branches of government for most of his term.

    •  How does that possibly matter? (3+ / 0-)
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      divineorder, maryabein, RJDixon74135
      But let's recall that George W. Bush ended up with 27% approval rating.
      Considering that all the big issues that he and his billionaire backers were cemented in stone.

      For example, his tax cuts have almost entirely been made permanent.

      His education policies have if anything been doubled down on by the Obama administration.

      His torture, foreign policy, Gitmo, surveillence, etc policies have also been embraced and if "doubled down on" at least  extended enthusiastically by the Obama administration.

      Similarly, Obama's energy policies are more or less exactly what a third term Bush Administration would have put forward.

      I could go on, but there's really no point.

      About the only issue that I see daylight between the Obama and Bush administrations is Supreme Court nominees - which of course is important.

      But nevertheless, it is just a tad disappointing that that is the only thing to be pro-Obama about.

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