Monday, February 27, 2006

Bush approval numbers at record lows

I'm so happy

If you're against Bush, you may have had to supress a loud whoop after reading the news that Bush's approval rating are now at a staggeringly low 34 percent. This is fantastic news, in that it helps to cripple the administration from whatever inane plan they would like to accomplish. A hostile, suspicious congress will in many cases, be a every-so-slightly more centrist Congress. Not much, but I'll take it. The full study is here (PDF file, 18 pages).

However, there's a long wait between now and the November elections. Bush's numbers are so low that they must come back up: all he has to do is reach a few of the Republicans that he's lost in the ports brouhaha. Then come the inevitable horse-race happy talk in the press, "Bush is coming back!" We saw this sitcom before, during the last micro-rise in Bush's numbers.

Worse news yet, there's no corresponding bounce in the Democratic standings. People just hate Congress, no matter who is in charge.

The public continues to hold a dim view of Congress, with just 28% approving and 61% disapproving of the way Congress is handling its job.

Now 1/2006 2/2005
Approve 28% 29% 41%
Disapprove 61 61 44

One year ago the public was more evenly split, with 41% approving and 44% disapproving. While Congressional approval hovered in the low to mid 30s for most of last year, it dropped to 29% last month, and is currently the lowest job approval rating for Congress in almost a decade.

We really need to win both houses back, yet the Democrats aren't making the case to the public as a good alternative. The Dems should be much popular. There's every chance that anyone in the GOP with a survival instinct will do what it can to pull us out of Iraq within six months, while blaming anyone else, hence acquiring the credit for ending this unpopular and losing war.

Note also that, with both parties nationally unpopular, the Republicans can go heavily negative in assorted key races. This tactic typically pushes overall voting down in those areas, rewarding the party with the greater number of true-believers who always show up to vote.

Remember, the Republicans in power are like the Borg. They don't care that they're unpopular. Immorality means nothing to them, unless they can tie that word to two men fucking somewhere. They don't care if 100,000 people have died in the Iraq war. Nothing matters, not as long as it means they're still in power. For maximum alignment with reality, do not project your conscience or your ability to feel guilt onto these guys. They simply do not care, and they will not take responsibility for their hideous mistakes.

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