So we can still Blame Clinton then? Reagan? Carter? Washington?
Appealing to Extremes is a logical fallacy, Mcg. But you are free to blame whoever you like.
At some point in time, I recall a desperate plea from the other side about not blaming Clinton anymore... What time frame was that after Bush took office?
I'm sure I couldn't speak as to the accuracy or inaccuracy of your personal recollections, McG. But I would point out that you could hardly blame Clinton for the variety of problems Bush faced, because the vast majority were in fact created by him.
However, I will blame Clinton as well for the financial crisis, in large part because he was a big-business, deregulation Democrat. It would be appropriate to say that he was partially responsible through some of the foolish bills he signed at the end of his term.
I have laid low in the political forums on purpose. But, there has to be a time where the current administration actually takes ownership, wouldn't you think?
I think that they have a measure of ownership already - for the solutions, but not the cause of the problems. It's important to distinguish the two.
In sum, I would say that the Admin will stop using Bush as an excuse at the point where Americans stop blaming Bush for the problems. When multiple polls clearly show that he is still blamed by most for the problems, it makes good political sense to agree with the majority on the issue. Wouldn't you agree?