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July 19, 2010


Does the Fox News poll tilt conservative? Because if so, then it is conservatives who would seem to be less positive about Bush since he left office.

As we used to say when I was in college, let me clarify Brendan's footnote. The NBC/WSJ poll didn't exactly ask whether Bush was responsible for the state of the economy. What it asked encompassed both Bush individually and the policies of his administration:

How responsible is former President George W. Bush and his administration’s policies for the country’s
current economic conditions?

Brendan wrote"

While conservatives may be "looking back with more fondness on President Bush's administration," there's no evidence that the American people are doing so.

Are conservatives not American people?

Brendan seems to be channeling James Watt, Reagan's infamous interior secretary, who reportedly said:

“I never use the words Democrats and Republicans. It’s Liberals and Americans.

That wasn't intentional - I was just trying to juxtapose an ideological subgroup (conservatives) with the public more generally. Amended the wording slightly above to try to avoid any unintended interpretations.

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