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.