Monday, August 11, 2008

Bush’s Party

A reader at TPM suggests that if Barack Obama and the Democrats are going to make the election a referendum on Republicans, then they need to make it about President Bush.

In no meaningful sense is the Republican Party today John McCain’s party. It is George Bush’s party. Its elected officials and political consultants (including some on McCain’s campaign payroll) owe their primary loyalties to Bush, not McCain; its platform this year will be written mostly by people who would nominate Bush for a third term if they could. A candidate promising a clean break from Bush can quote chapter and verse from too many policies and people to list here, better defining himself while making it difficult for McCain to respond as his own man (and incidentally presenting the same difficulty for Republican candidates for the House and Senate).

In other words, Mr. McCain’s got some ‘splainin’ to do.