Republicans in Iowa run as fast as they can from history because history is not kind to the Republican Party.
“For Republicans, the Bush administration has become the `yadda yadda yadda’ period of American history.”
The eight-year Bush presidency has merited no more than a fleeting reference in televised debates and interviews.
The former president himself has been all but invisible since leaving office in 2009 with a Gallup approval rating of just 34 percent. His predecessor, Democrat Bill Clinton, had a 66 percent approval rating in early 2001 when he stepped down after two terms marred by a sex scandal and impeachment.
Taking office in 2001 with a balanced federal budget and a surplus, Bush quickly pushed through sweeping tax cuts that were not offset by spending cuts. The tax cuts have cost about $1.8 trillion, according to estimates by the Congressional Budget Office and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
And then there’s that little matter of a war-of-choice in Iraq which cost trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives. Yes, if I were a Republican, I’d run away from that too.