Bushes and Clintons

Today's Politico has a piece on the presidential aspirations of Jeb Bush, who some say would be a leading contender were it not for his last name (leaving aside, of course, whether he would have ever been Governor of Florida in the first place had it not been for his last name). But one part of the article particularly stood out to me:

Alex Castellanos, a longtime GOP consultant who worked on Bush’s gubernatorial campaigns and is still in touch with his old client, argued that the family brand could be rehabilitated for Jeb just as it was for Hillary Clinton after her husband’s presidency.

I'm not at all sure what Castellanos is talking about. In what way was the Clinton brand "rehabilitated" by Hillary Clinton? In what way was it in need of rehabilitation?

Look through the polling. I have. Every single poll during the waning days of the Clinton administration found the 42nd President to be wildly popular. Just how popular? A 66 percent approval rating in the final NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of the Clinton presidency. A 66 percent approval rating in the final Gallup poll. A 64 percent approval rating in the final CNN/Time poll. A 61 percent approval rating in the final Pew poll. A 68 percent approval rating in the final CBS poll. A 62 percent approval rating in the final Fox News poll. These were numbers requiring "rehabilitat[ion]"?

What did George W. Bush's numbers look like now? A 33 percent approval rating in the final ABC News/Washington Post poll in January 2009. A 31 percent approval rating in the final CNN poll. A 34 percent approval rating in the final Fox News poll. A 27 percent approval rating in the final NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. A 34 percent approval rating in the final Gallup poll. A 24 percent approval rating in the final Pew poll.

Look even more recently. The latest polling from ABC News and The Post finds 59 percent blaming George W. Bush for the current economic woes in the country, and just 25 percent blaming Barack Obama.

Notice any difference between the Bush brand in 2009-2010 and the Clinton brand in 2001?

What's more, look at Jeb Bush's national numbers. They're old. But they aren't good.

But if the GOP genuinely thinks Jeb Bush is the way to success in 2012, and that he will be embraced after George W. Bush's presidency in the way that Hillary Clinton was embraced after Bill Clinton's presidency, all the better for them.

Tags: Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Jeb Bush (all tags)

Comments

3 Comments

Run Jeb Run!

I have been thinking that Jeb may fancy a run, he's been in the news lately mostly over the whole situation in FL. And ofcourse the Bush name still elicits tingles among the conservative GOP base, so he's got built in support. It's quite interesting to see the GOP '12 field take shape:

1) Jeb Bush

2) Rick Perry (fluff piece in the news yesterday about how he gunned down a coyote who looked at his puppy)

3) Newt Gingrich

4) Mitt Romney

Better/stronger field than in 2008? Looks the same to me.

by vecky 2010-04-28 08:34PM | 0 recs
Clinton

Sorry but polls don't mean that much.  This is impressionistic, but from memories of the time, Bill Clinton was'nt that popular.  His approval ratings were more a negative reflection of the Republican Congress' unpopularity than anything else.  And do such ratings mean that the mass of the population liked such administration actions as the 2000 China Treaty?  One thinks not.

by demjim 2010-04-29 10:45AM | 0 recs
RE: Bushes and Clintons

I think there would be a lot more "rehabilitation" for the Bush name than for the Clinton name, that much is obvious.  

by Chuckie Corra 2010-04-30 01:09AM | 0 recs

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