Wow. Check this out:
In 19 months, George W. Bush will leave the White House for the last time. The latest NEWSWEEK Poll suggests that he faces a steep climb if he hopes to coax the country back to his side before he goes. In the new poll, conducted Monday and Tuesday nights, President Bush’s approval rating has reached a record low. Only 26 percent of Americans, just over one in four, approve of the job the 43rd president is doing; while, a record 65 percent disapprove, including nearly a third of Republicans.
I think he can get there. I think I can confidently say that he'll get below Nixon -- especially if he keeps his disastrous Iraq War policies unchanged.
I think the biggest question historians are going to ask (for more on this, go here) is how the hell this turkey ever got a second term. As you know that's where it gets interesting. I think it involves using, um, fear, fear, fear, and perhaps a little fear.
Rovian fear-mongering and making sure that 150K (mostly black) people in Ohio wouldn't be able to vote is what gave us four more years of President Monkey. I'm not going to say that Kerry would've won Ohio but Republicans made it damned near impossible for folks in urban Ohio to vote -- thus giving Bush Ohio. Otherwise I think there was a fair chance that Kerry would've won Ohio and, correspondingly, the presidency.
And, if Kerry had won, we'd be the hell out of Iraq and President Kerry probably would've gotten some serious international assistance and...oh well. You probably know the rest. That's my monthly ration of "ifistory."
And, oh yeah, just be even more grating, who said this on the morning after the 2004 election?
And now I suspect the buyer's remorse is going to set in -- and fairly soon. Within a year to eighteen months I really do expect W to be a reviled president.
I bet you know who -- but here's the link just in case you don't.