I almost felt sorry for the guy. McCain knew the race was (appropriately) framed as a referendum on the Bush era and that as the Republican candidate, he was about to get trounced.
In 2010, Democrats are still running against George Bush, and, well, now they're the ones who seem desperate.
These two press releases just in from the Democrats:
DSCC CHALLENGES DINO ROSSI TO NAME TWO POLICY DIFFERENCES WITH FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W.BUSH
DNC RELEASES NEW VIDEO “EXACT SAME AGENDA” FEATURING REPUBLICAN CALLS TO RETURN TO THE FAILED BUSH POLICIES OF THE PAST
No question that Bush's lax regulatory policies, supersized tax cuts for the rich, and illegitimate war in Iraq were calamitous (not to mention that Bush is the one who authorized the Wall Street bailout).
But sorry, running against Bush in 2010? That's a behind-the-back off-the-three-ball bank shot.
The lastest Gallup Poll has the Democrats ahead of the Republicans on a generic ballot 49 to 46, tracking to voter support for the Democrats' Wall Street reforms. Democrats such as US Sen. Patty Murray, a loud advocate of the reforms, should run on their records, not against Bush's.