If you take Mitt Romney's speech a as sign not of his own perspective but of his party's, and contrast it with George W. Bush's acceptance message, the fear and darkness that have infiltrated the GOP is marked and alarming.
Having failed to change public perception that we are on the wrong track, if the best President Obama can do is blame his predecessor and make excuses, he is in far greater trouble than the U.S. economy.
Talk about a page from Ripley's Believe it or Not. A new CNN poll now claims that the one-time universally battered, bruised, hectored and in virtual disgrace George W. Bush is almost as popular as President Obama.
Clinton gets no credit for his eight years of economic prosperity, Bush gets a pass on creating the worst crisis in generations, and Obama is to blame for everything. Is there something wrong with that story line?