I’m not voting for Bush, but…
The expected media backlash against its own widespread coverage of the legacy of Ronald Reagan has opened up a very problematic question: Will Ronald Reagan’s passing have a positive effect on Bush’s chances for re-election?
Some pundits and analysts are already expecting things to go this way, as the connections between Reagan and W. are far too great to ignore. Not only is all of this media coverage of mourners and funeral processions taking headline space away from Iraq and other Bush troubles, but the mere fact that our current president’s father was Reagan’s VP will likely create some crossover for Bush. Not to mention, in the last 50 years or so, new presidents rarely enter the White House if a former commander-in-chief has passed away before the elections. The reason? Maybe the American public’s bond with their current president grows while they get sentimental about the deceased leader.
Reports today that Kerry is actually leading in the polls is promising, but these new numbers aren’t new enough. They don’t account for what kind of impact the Reagan legacy lovefest will have on voter perception of the current race.