Is Bush behind McCain’s downfall?

His is the one face you won’t find on the campaign trail. With the lowest presidential approval ratings ever, the flailing John McCain campaign can do without an endorsement from George Bush.

So much so that President Bush did not even attend the Republican National Convention but made a short speech via teleconference.

But the Barack Obama campaign has ensured that out of sight is not out of mind and have effectively labeled the Republican candidate as McBush.

“McCain equals more of the same,” said Obama.

Bush’s legacy is a shadow McCain has desperately tried to shrug off.

“Senator Obama, I am not President Bush. If you wanted to run against President Bush, you should have run four years ago,” McCain had said in the final presidential debate.

But after 8 years of a Bush presidency, the Arizona Senator is fighting an uphill battle to convince voters that a Republican can be trusted to clean up the mess of two wars and an economic crisis of historic proportions.

Says Shashi Tharoor, former UN under Secretary General: “He has had the great ill luck of trying to succeed a president who has been so unpopular and so widely discredited particularly on national and foreign policy issues and who has now come a cropper on financial issues.”

In the 2004 election, John McCain was beaten by George Bush. In 2008, ironically, Bush isn’t running but his long and unflattering list of failed policies could be behind McCain’s down fall.


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