August 27th, 2010
04:13 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats highlight Bush, 'extremism' in House battle






Washington (CNN) - Bush-loving extremists.

That, in simplified form, was the label hung on Republicans Friday by the Democrat charged with spearheading his party's 2010 House election campaign.

Saddled with a sagging economy and lower presidential approval ratings, Democratic Congressional Campaign Chairman Chris Van Hollen laid out his party's apparent plan of attack for the looming midterm elections.

Addressing reporters, Van Hollen cast this fall's campaign as less a referendum on President Barack Obama and more a choice between much-needed change and a return to the policies of former President George W. Bush and a Republican Party increasingly under the sway of extreme Tea Party activists.

"I can assure you that despite the Washington summer political chatter, reports of the House Democrats' demise are greatly exaggerated," he declared.

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Filed under: 2010 • Chris Van Hollen • Democrats • George W. Bush
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Eric

    I guess when you can't run on the economy, nor jobs created nor any of your "accomplishments," you can always campaign against George Bush, eh dems?

    August 27, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Bush Extremism =

    -Iraq War(Unjustified)
    -Tax Break for Wealthiest 2%(Passed under reconciliation)

    August 27, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. TOP SGT

    You OBAMANITES are so ignorant you along with this Erkel tactics of Obama and your sarcastic ignorant remarks against a woman who has done nothing to you, Sarah Palin is exactly why you are ensuring that Obama will never be re-elected . Also you're ensuring that no other in his catagory will ever follow him again to the Oval Office. You people do not even make sense with all your hate jabbering like Zoo animals against Palin. If she wins and she very likely can since what she will have to contend with in the elections makes her a front runner immediately. LORD HELP US we certainly need this woman or one like her to save this country from the diaster that has befallen upon it. And you people call everyone else Racist. Just shut the HADES UP>

    August 27, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Gerald

    It's quite simple actually. All the Republicans are offering is a return to Bush's policies which nearly tanked the US and world economies, got us into 2 needless wars, and fueled a culture war within the US itself. If people in the US are ignorant enough to think this is good, then woe is the US.

    August 27, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. gary

    Bush wasn't so extreme....Since the Democrats took over Congress 4 years ago and President Obama became president 2 years ago things have been extreme! Extreme deficit. Extreme healthcare reform! Extreme bailouts! Obama still hasn't helped Katrina victums, hasn't gotten us out of Iraq, hasn't closed Gitmo, hasn't found Bin Ladin, didn't do any better in the Haiti disaster than Bush did with Katrina, hasn't stopped Iran from advancing their nuclear program, hasn't given us an energy policy.....The last two years have been a waste and the economy has gotten much worse. We need new leadership in congress and the White House.

    August 27, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. gt

    if all else fails ,,, blame bush,,,, weak,,, van hollen you sound gutless

    August 27, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. the real ib

    It's past time for the democrats to cut the strings to Bush. They say Obama is not on the ballot in 2010 well here's a news flash for you BUSH IS NOT ON THE BOLLOT EITHER. So stop trying to cover your failures by bringing up Bush's. People are sick of hearing it's Bush's fault.

    August 27, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Capt. Snarky

    Sorry, It's "Former" president Bush. He's no longer in office. Quit campaigning against him. It is getting stale. It's President Obama's ball game now, his to win or lose. So far, he is losing........

    August 27, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. NVa Native

    So it's come to this even the Republican underlings who post on CNN and other public forums don't care about any fact or truth.
    They say anything that pops into their pea brain, ie. – claims that Obama requires screening of audience's questions?
    This has never been suggested or even talked about.
    Maybe on the Faux network, news net daily, or some other trashy little propogandist rag, but not in any legitimate forum. But you watch Caribu Barbie's "lamestream media" will actually treat it as a "story" and poof hours wasted with mindless right-wing fantasy. How can you deal with a whole segment of the population that will believe any nonsense "their news" tosses to them? They now deny science and fact without any remorse.
    Beck is claiming he and his clan are resonsible for the civil rights victories of the sixties – and these complete morons are believing him.

    August 27, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Homer

    Greatly exaggerated, really – want to bet?

    August 27, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    This at best is moronic! Bush will not be on the ballot! I do however understand the continued Bush bashing. It will be far more easier to blame Bush than it will be to have to explain and defend the Dims! In other words blaming Bush is a DIVERSION of the highest magnitude!

    August 27, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Liz the First

    Way to go, Dems! finally looks like you're taking the ol' cojones out of cold storage and fighting back. :-) apparently, people have already forgotten how bad it was under BushCo and are toying with taking another dose of country-killing stupidity and hate. it's time to refresh their memories in a big way and while you're at it, pleeeease make sure to praise all the courageous things President Obama has done for this country despite all the obstruction from the party who made the mess he's cleaning up. and also point out that the tea party is a creation of the evil masterminds of much of the right-wing garbage that's happening now, the infamous Koch brothers. it's time the teabaggers realized they are officially fascist goons.
    SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR REPUBLICAN!

    August 27, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Blaum

    Nice try Chris...... Bush isn't on the ticket....fyi....

    and it's more about stopping this train-wreck we are in than your pedestrian attempts at linking a previous adminstration when we are practically two years into a new administration that can't seem to understand what the word 'debt' means...

    like it or not... it IS a referendum on Obama... and you, good sir, will be invited out of congress...... and you can't "assure" me of anything.... true story...

    August 27, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Hangar 13

    Most observers remember the 8 years of Bush as 6 pretty good years, economically (except for the effects of 9/11) followed by two very bad years after the Democrats took control of Congress. Those with longer memories recall the Clinton years as two pretty bleak years, followed by 6 strong years after the Republicans took the Congress. The Democrats would do well to place country above party and repudiate the disastrous liberal policies that first weakened the economies of Western Europe and are now tearing down the USA, rather than resort to name-calling and trying to spin something positive out of their consistent failures. We can right the ship on November 2, but only if patriotic Americans do their duty!

    August 27, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Blkman

    And clearly the GOP'ers have nothing to offer America other than DESTRUCTION, GREED and HATE.

    August 27, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Orlando Patriot

    Here it comes.........Blame George W. Bush!!! You would think with Democrats having control of the presidency AND Congress and passing EVERYTHING they ever dreamed of (and more!!) that they would have PLENTY of positive things to say about their accomplishments.

    So why are the Democrats resorting simply to "its George Bush's fault"? Because everything thing they have done has been a collosal failure!!! I can't believe, after having power of Congress for almost 4 years, and the presidency for almost two years, that they can't think of ONE thing that has been successful!! This November is going to be soooooooo much fun:)!!!

    August 27, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. jim

    The extremism that i see is coming from the democratic party that wants to make this country into a "socialist utopia"And since they can't defend their actions they try to charge the other side with what they are doing.

    August 27, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. stevegee

    All across the country, people are angry with what Obama and the Democrats have shoved down our throats like Cod Liver Oil - take your Socialist medicine, it'll be good for you.

    We The People reject their liberal agenda, so we're anti-Democrat. Furthermore, we're anti-Career Politician - that's why so many incumbents are losing in the primaries, including Republican incumbents. But they're being replaced by new conservatives who people want in Washington to reform the federal leviathan. In November, there will be a landslide victory for conservatives and Republicans the likes this country has never seen. And then, Obama will nothing more than a lame-duck mistake, who can then spend the remainder of his term golfing and vacationing.

    Wake up people! Vote American, vote Republican.

    August 27, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. Jeff from Chicago

    Still can't run on their record or accomplishments, or should I say lack of accomplishments and lack of a a record, so let's just resort to placing blame on someone Bush again. Getting kind of old but what else can we expect from the democrats.

    This is what democrats are best at, and obviously not at running the country.

    August 27, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    The [D]s ought to highlite [R] extremism in the Senate races too!

    Let's take Angle for example, and the recent report of [R] buyer remorse on her candidacy. To all [R]s I say....Come on you [R]e-tards! This is the best and the brightest you have! She is a perfect bookend to the imbecile Palin you so lovingly support! Many of you have even celebrated Angle's extremist views on here, with your typical baseless neo-pandering! Don't give up on her now, with some feigned show of intelligence!

    Buyer remorse???? If there really is [R] remorse, it should go WAY beyond Angle. No, I don't think there is really any cognizant remorse....that would take actual intelligent thought, which has all but been bred out of the [R] party. No this is just the beginning of even more mindless finger-pointing, as you rightwing apologists are finally figuring out you're not going to win come Nov.

    What a bunch of rightwing tools! You actually believe the American people are as dumb as YOU?!?!

    August 27, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. Hogwash from the great 57th state of obama's mind

    You can only blame someone else for your failures for so long before you have to start looking in the mirror democrats.

    2000 to 2006 were good years for America
    Democrats took the wheel in 2007 and things went straight downhill and have only gone downhill faster when they got total control.

    Think this time this election and vote out the democrats!!!!!!

    August 27, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. terry,va

    Van Hollen is an idiot and so is anyone else that is blaming Bush for our country's economic problem. Obummie and his band of fools have taken us from an economic ditch into the Grand Canyon. His policies will ruin this country forever unless we get rid of Reid this year along with 40 congressional dumbocraps. Time to get rid of the socialists!!!!

    August 27, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Tony 140

    OK. Here is a news flash. George W. Bush has been retired for over a year and a half, quietly lives on a ranch in Texas, and respectfully has kept silent with this debacle going on in Washington. Playing the race card and blaming Bush is getting pretty old and it seems like that is all the Left can muster for November. Oh I forgot, they keep sending Biden out to tell everyone how good the economy is. WHAT A PLAN.

    August 27, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. Tony 140

    How can anyone on the LEFT call Bush EXTREME when they have the likes of BHO, Pelosi and Reid of their side. Those three are definitely closer to going off the LEFT cliff than any existing Conservatives are in going off the RIGHT cliff. Those three are soooooooo far LEFT, they can't even smell the center.

    August 27, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Paul Ernest Show

    If Democrats loose in the two houses, it is because they want to loose. GOP, their loyalists, and their armed, revolutionary wing, the Tea party, have committed enough blunders, these past two years, that Democrats should have enough weapons and guts to fight them to the finishing line.
    The GOP has elevated fraud, deceit, bigotry, to the level that the party lacks credibility to any honest American. After all these years of exploiting the gay issue, see how their chairman came out of the closet. This has become a pattern, and why Americans should allow such a group of men and women to lead them is beyond me.

    August 27, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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