The Washington Post, not exactly a house organ for the Republican National Committee, took exception to Obama's blaming the deficit on the Bush tax cuts. The Post, in a Fact-Check piece pointing to a Congressional Budget Office study wrote: "The data showed that the biggest contributor to the disappearance of projected surpluses was increased spending, which accounted for 36.5 percent of the decline in the nation's fiscal position … The Bush tax cuts (along with some Obama tax cuts) were responsible for just 24 percent. "Thus it is simply wrong to only blame the Bush tax cuts for the deficits now faced by the country, especially three years into another presidential term." [italics mine]
Facts, as Reagan was reported to have said, are stubborn things.
Obama is going to run this campaign as if he is the challenger. It won't work. We know he has been President for nearly three years and they know that he is far more comfortable hanging back until the result is known than he is rolling up his sleeves and trying to forge a consensus.
They even have a name for it: Leading from Behind.
This will be a referendum on Barack Obama and he is running out of time to convince Americans he can actually step up and lead this nation.