After all the Democratic efforts to connect Mitt Romney and George W. Bush in voters' minds, it probably never occurred to Dems that the latter might be better liked than the former.
A Bloomberg News National Poll released Wednesday has Bush receiving a favorable rating from 46 percent of those surveyed and an unfavorable rating from 49 percent. That's compared to Romney's 43 percent favorable and 50 percent unfavorable.
There's no chance we'll see the former president hit the campaign trail for the 2012 Republican candidate -- though he will stop by the Caymans in late October -- but it's hard to get over the notion that if Bush and Romney shared the stage at the same time, at least according to this poll, it'd be Romney who has the lower favorable rating.
Romney was so embarrassed by Bush's endorsement that he said absolutely nothing after receiving the support -- he issued a press release to celebrate Christine O'Donnell's backing, not the endorsement of the most recent president from his party -- but the real indignity is that Bush is now better liked than he is.
George W. Bush had two terms and bequeathed the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, a jobs crisis, two wars, a trillion-dollar deficit, a collapsing auto industry, a housing crisis, a climate crisis, a dysfunctional health care system, an equally dysfunctional immigration system, a deeply divided electorate, and a nation with a severely tarnished global reputation. Nearly every challenge facing the United States right now was created or made worse by Bush's eight years in office.
And yet, for much of the country, the attitude seems to be, "Yeah, but at least he's not Mitt Romney."