Here is the new television ad by Republican strategist Karl Rove’s political action committee, American Crossroads:
It's interesting: When Democratic president Bill Clinton left the White House with a prosperous economy and a $236 billion budget surplus, Republicans, like Karl Rove, said that our economic fortune was due entirely to the dot-com bubble and other things beyond Clinton’s control. When Republican president George W. Bush left the White House with the economy in a tailspin and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Republicans said that our economic misfortune was due entirely to the “war on terrorism” and other things beyond Bush’s control.
In other words, to Republicans, our good times under Clinton had nothing to do with Clinton, and our bad times under Bush had nothing to do with Bush. But now that the economy is still troubled under a Democratic president — a president whose term has been marked by unprecedented GOP obstructionism — Republicans say that the economy suddenly has everything to do with the man in the White House. Can you say “double standard”?