It has been fascinating to watch as conservatives at the Conservative Political Action Conference have run from, if not openly exhibited disdain for, the legacy of George W. Bush.
But during his speech on Friday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took the concept a step further, actually castigating Barack Obama as an extension of Bush policies in the worst possible ways.
There is "a Bush-Obama continuity in economic policy, which is frankly a disaster for this country and cannot work," said Gingrich, to an adulatory crowd.
Earlier he said that the county had just been forced to swallow a "Bush-Obama big spending program that was bi-partisan in its nature." Last year, he went on "the Bush -Obama plan had a stimulus package which failed, they came back with a housing package, which failed. They then had a 700 billion Wall Street plan which failed."
In that vein, Obama's Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, "was part of the Bush group."
"We had big spending under Bush and now we have big spending under Obama," he concluded. "And so now we have two failures."
The idea that the GOP is sour on Bush is nothing new. And, as mentioned above, it has been an open component of the CPAC conference. But the idea that one of the conservative movement's most prominent members would badger the current White House occupant by comparing him to a two-term Republican president, says wonders about just how angered and disillusioned the conservative crowd is with the current state of governance.
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