January 25, 2010

THEY TRIED RUNNING AGAINST REAGAN FOR TOO LONG TOO:

Democrats' Bush-bashing strategy goes bust (JONATHAN MARTIN, 1/25/10, Politico)

[W]hen Democratic nominees for governor in Virginia and New Jersey and for Senate in Massachusetts sought to tie their GOP opponents to the still-unpopular former president, the strategy didn’t resonate. Voters were more focused on the current administration or local political issues — and the onetime Democratic magic formula seemed yesterday’s news.

“Voters are pretty tired of the blame game,” said longtime Democratic strategist Steve Hildebrand, a top aide on Obama’s presidential campaign. “What a stupid strategy that was.”

Howard Wolfson, a senior official on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and veteran Democratic communications guru, noted that his party was able to run against Republican Herbert Hoover’s Depression-era presidency for 30 years.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2010 7:17 AM
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