Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Bush approval rating nears mine

So -- President Bush is second only to Richard Nixon on the disapproval scale. Polls show 65% of Americans don't like the way Bush is running the country. Nixon hit 66% four days before he resigned.

Who am I to gloat? That's probably my approval rate, too. After all, I am a journalist, a bounder, and a cad (retired, but that's still three strikes).

"It isn't just the Iraq war," said Shirley Anne Warshaw, a presidential scholar at Gettysburg College. "It's everything." (Washington Post)

Even Texas Republicans are beginning to splinter away from the Great Uniter. They will describe themselves as a "Reagan Republican" or a "Goldwater Republican." Although Texas voters would still re-elect Bush out of party loyalty, fewer and fewer call themselves "Bush Republicans." A little distance says a lot.

On the surface, it would appear the Bush Administration has lost the recipe for chicken salad. And lemonade.

But I wonder. Those folks are not as dumb as they appear. How could they be?

Maybe Bush is so calloused that he is content with leaving the huge Iraq problem for the next President, who is likely to be a Democrat.

Maybe Bush continues to support Attorney General Alberto Gonzales because he needs the clueless AG as a buffer to shield his own dark actions. After all, the longer Gonzales stays in office, the longer the story has legs.

Maybe Bush doesn't care about current ratings and hopes history will sort out the mess in his favor.

Or maybe they are a gaggle of incompetent jerks. That's what I think. No depth. Veneer. All shine, no tensile strength.

2 comments:

Ken Martin said...

Couldn't agree with you more, George. Keep punching.

Best regards,

Ken

The South Plainsman said...

My view is that it is a mixed bag. Competance in some places, thorough incompetance elsewhere. And a style that just won't work in today's world. I have known the President for nearly 30 years, and am amazed at some of the mistakes. And very disappointed.

He should have never kept George Tenet on at CIA, which was and is a very incompetant agency, and he should have fired Rumsfeld when it first became quite plain that the number of troops and the plan for the invasion of Iraq were thoroughly inadequate(late 2003 or 2004).

Then, instead of acting when everyone but his administration knew he should act after the 2004 election, he coasted for 20 months and did nothing to rectify the situation.

When he did wake up and change the plan to something that will probably work, it was too late to salvage his credibility.

Now we are stuck with a plan that is finally working after support for the effort has eroded.

Those who take delight at this need to contemplate the result of a deadline for retreat from Iraq. Try thinking of the fall of Corregidor and the Bataan Death March in 1942. Getting our guys out of Iraq in those circumstances will make the evacuation of Saigon in 1975 look like a Sunday school picnic.

Now, having taken on the opposition on their own turf, I will retire to my own blog and prepare to lick my wounds.

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