Trying to explain the declining popularity and political pull of the President, she offers up this doozy:
One key difference: Obama hasn’t done as good a job as Reagan of blaming his predecessor. Jimmy Carter for years served as the GOP’s version of Herbert Hoover while Obama let George W. Bush slip away into the ether, a former president so invisible that he might as well be in a witness-protection program. Bush’s upcoming book, Decision Points, won’t be released until a week after the November election, reinforcing the GOP’s decision to keep the unpopular president out of the mix in the midterms.
Um . . . what? The President blames Bush just about all the time for everything that goes wrong on the Obama Administration’s watch. Here is just the latest example of the President trying to turn George W. Bush into a latter-day Herbert Hoover. If Clift has actually failed to notice these efforts to pass the buck, perhaps her column ought to be turned over to someone more plugged into reality.