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Has Bush Bottomed Out?

by Pamela Leavey

Has George W. Bush bottomed out in the approval polls or could he still continue to sink to new lows? Somehow I think with his status of the worst president in history, we may still see him sink a few more notches before his reign comes to an end. NEWSWEEK reports:

It’s hard to say which is worse news for Republicans: that George W. Bush now has the worst approval rating of an American president in a generation, or that he seems to be dragging every ’08 Republican presidential candidate down with him. But According to the new NEWSWEEK Poll, the public’s approval of Bush has sunk to 28 percent, an all-time low for this president in our poll, and a point lower than Gallup recorded for his father at Bush Sr.’s nadir. The last president to be this unpopular was Jimmy Carter who also scored a 28 percent approval in 1979. This remarkably low rating seems to be casting a dark shadow over the GOP’s chances for victory in ’08.

America is waking up:

H/T to Bob Geiger for the Nick Anderson cartoon.

3 Responses to “Has Bush Bottomed Out?”

  1. Factually, short of something like getting caught in flagrante delicto with a child, the latest disapproval rating score is as low as Bush can go. That solid core of right wingers at the bottom end of the intelligence range have their minds so firmly set in concrete that nothing is going to cause them to accept the invitation to move on over to the real world.

    But GWB was not the only one to get down into that 28% zone. He’s pretty much managed to drag his party down the toilet with him. Every one of the three Demo front runners for ’08 beat every combination of the Repug big three. Obama versus Romney was scored, and that’s really as close as possible to just asking, generically, for party preference at this stage. On this gauge, the Party has only 29% of voters willing to stick with them no matter what. And it bears remembering that this is after the little Iraq veto dustup the other day.

    People clearly don’t like Bush, they don’t like his policies, and they don’t want anything to do with his war. This being the case, isn’t it odd to see the Democratic Congressional Leadership carrying on like they are actually dealing from a position of weakness?

  2. I don’t mean to sound like sour grapes, but the majority of the American electorate who voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004, got what they deserved! It was obvious from the 2000 presidential debates that VP Gore was the only choice. Bush came over as being dim-witted, incompetent, and being unable to speak the English language. However, the manuverings of brother Jeb, Katherine Harris, and the US Supreme Court, stole the election from Gore. The red states got what they wanted.
    Again in 2004, Bush won by falsely portraying Senator Kerry as a traitor rather than a Vietnam War hero. The swift boat attacks worked like a charm. Kerry, like Al Gore, clearly won all televised debates but the evangelical republican base worked to secure the re-election of our most incompetent US president. So much for the idea of seperation of church and state. The “moral” and “family value” issues which motivated Bush voters were: gay marriage, abortion, and stem cell research. Note that the more important moral issues of homelessness, hunger, lack of medical coverage, crime, and the war in Iraq did not make the top three among Bush voters.
    So, if any of the Bush red state voters find themselves without jobs, without medical coverage, with no place to live,or with son’s and daughter’s dying in Iraq, don’t complain to me as I never voted for “The Decider”. So, hey out there the in mid-west and south, please consider the future of this country more seriously before you make your Jan. 2009 selection!!

  3. It won’t go much lower. There is a hard core bunch that will continue to support the decider, even if they see the brink of the cliff just ahead! For example, albeit not a very good one, I have a brother-in-law that started voting for the republicans about 25 years ago, convinced that he would get a huge tax break. Since he is retired and in the lower middle class tax bracket, he is still waiting for that tax break. He cannot be convinced that tax breaks are for the super rich, not us middle classers. But, in the next election, he will vote republican, just as he has for the last 25 years. No, GWB’s rating will probably not get too much lower! That ‘ole hard core bunch will see to that!