Sarah Palin is right that George Bush is their number one problem but it isn't as simple as that. Almost all of their other problems are inextricably connected to the President as well. Simply put, voters want change from the mess Republicans are offering us now, but McCain and Palin are offering more of the same. To her though, it is merely a campaign message problem.
“We’re up against a lot,” said Palin, the governor of Alaska. “We’re up against a very unpopular president, Bush’s administration right now, and those who want to link us to that administration.”
Palin rejected the comparison as “off base,” contending that McCain, a senator from Arizona, “is known as the maverick, who has had to fight his own party when need be.”
“He has the scars to prove that,” she said.
The only scars we can see are that on McCain's sold out soul. Whatever "maverick" he was got washed over by his willingness to do whatever it takes to appease the right so that he could run for President in 2008.
Palin doesn't recognize that those that wish to link them to George Bush aren't just Barack Obama and Joe Biden. A majority of the country sees the Republican ticket as extension to Dubya because their policies reflect the disaster that has played out over the last eight years. While McCain recognized that and tried to pass himself off as the "real" candidate of change, people flatly rejected that tactic because it was merely a tactic and not a message and platform like it is for Obama. Now all the GOP has left are smears and baseless attacks and the contest continues to slip from their grasp.
In other news, President Bush and his wife Laura voted early in Texas yesterday, I'm sure McCain loved to hear that.