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Bush's Numbers Ain't So Good Saturday, November 12, 2005

Newsweek just published new poll numbers for the White House and they ain't so good. The president's approval rating continues to drop, his disapproval rating continues to climb and it seems no one is trusting him either, finding him untrustworthy and unethical. The good news is it's still better than VP Dick, who people apparently have come to believe he takes the name to heart.

President George W. Bush is sinking deeper and deeper into political trouble, according to the latest NEWSWEEK poll. Only 36 percent of Americans approve of the job he is doing as president, and an astounding 68 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the direction of the country—the highest in Bush’s presidency. But that’s not the worst of it for the 43rd president of the United States, a leader who rode comfortably to reelection just a year ago. Half of all Americans now believe he’s not “honest and ethical.”


Honestly, there is a downside even for progressives and that is a credibility isssue. Our leaders continue to lose credibility at home and abroad. The deal is things like this are only way to truly get these people out of office. They have to screw up so tremendously bad across the board as to force people to ask what the hell they're thinking. It's just ashame it couldn't have happened last year.


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At 2:21 PM, Blogger kydemocrat said...
What I hate the most about the Republicans' lack of ethics, lack of leadership, and disregard for the importance of good foreign relations, is that we will be left to clean up their mess. Not that life is fair, but I really think it is UNFAIR for Democrats to have to step in after this 8 year f-up, and have to beg for forgiveness...promise things will be different...and probably to make Americans sacrifice even more because of the debt especially. Why do the bad guys have so much power??????
 

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At 3:16 PM, Blogger Edie said...
Well, there is another side to this story that is being conveniently forgotten by Democrats. While Bush and the Republicans have seen their public approval ratings collapse, the standing of the Democrats has not risen. In fact, a Washington Post-ABC poll places public opinion for congressional Democrats at 41 percent, only a few points higher than the Bush administration, and 71 percent said there was no appreciable difference between the two parties.
 

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At 3:28 PM, Blogger Cynicus said...
The Democratic leadership (such as it is) has spent the last 5+ years being Republican-Lite. They have also lacked all energy and aggression, forming a polite and muted background noise versus the perfected Republican sound machine.

So the public thinks there's no difference? Until the Democrats steel themselves to take the big risk of being different and saying so, the public is spot on.
 

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At 3:49 PM, Blogger Stithmeister said...
Unfortunately, their have been far to many Democrats who've had ethical problems in the past. Even Senator Biden has had problems. He ran for president back in 1988 I think and had to drop out because he had plagiarized some speeches.

As far as the Democratic positioning, the Democrats have to assert control of the agenda. It's as simple as that. They have to present a product that will be appealing to Americans while somewhat limiting the Republican's ability to respond.
 

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At 8:39 AM, Blogger Cynicus said...
Sure, there are Democrats with ethical problems. And there is a Republican sound machine ready to trumpet them.

There are (no sh*t) Republicans with ethical issues, and Democrats unwilling to publicize them for fear of looking "not nice".

Until the DNC loses this comfort with being the permanent-minority-"Loyal opposition", they will NEVER be able to come up with an effective agenda, much less a galvanizing one.
 

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At 11:21 AM, Blogger Greymagius said...
Perhaps it's time to ask a question... Is it better to speak out and occasionally be wrong or to remain always silent? We are seeing a very slow and timid stepping forward by a few Democrats. John Edwards has stepped forward and said he was wrong to have voted for the Iraq war. He added several caveats as well, but they seemed more explanation that excuses. Similarly, Howard Dean has began speaking out again. I've read a few comments from a 'Meet the Press' appearence and was pleased.
As a Democrat, I, like several others here, have been disappointed with the lack of courage and willingness to step forward. I'm pleased to see some finally doing such. As Edie stated, there has been little in the public eye to differenciate between the two parties. Hopefully, the Democrats are starting to move forward.

What difference DO I see between the two parties?

The Democrats are at last starting to admit that we went the wrong direction and are saying that 'More of the same" is NOT the solution.

The Bush/GOP has shown ever increasing corruption and more signs of how they are unwilling to swerve from their current path of willfull incompotence and poor planning. From the disaster that is FEMA to the destruction of any goodwill and international cooperation, the Bush White House continues to snowball into a mess that no sane person wants to have to try to fix.

I'm about at the point of suggesting the Democratic party support a moderate Republican for President, and let the Republicans start fixing the mess that is current US policy. At least then, the lingering stench of the current administration will be on a Republican party. I doubt they can fix in 4 years, what Bush has destroyed in 8. The best thing that could happen is impeaching Bush and doing a special election. Failing that, if they wish to remain "Opposition", cease the "Loyal" part. Kick butt and name names. Quiet disagreement doesn't work on the opposition. Threats to the one thing they care about, Re-Election, does.

America seems to be slowly waking up to what has been done to them in the name of "Terrorist Protection". Lets be the proud, brave nation we once were are move forward and not cower, selling our future and the future of our nation for supposed safety for the moment.
 

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At 1:55 PM, Blogger Cynicus said...
That's why i love to watch a few minutes of British Parliamantary debate.

Nothing like an Opposition speaker saying (in that great English accent) "The Right Houourable M.P. for Birmingham is an ignorant wanker on this issue."

We need some politicos unafraid to scrap. Hell, in the 1830's or 40's, they fought DUELS over their arguments on the Hill. What happened to that kind of giving a shit?
 

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At 8:57 PM, Blogger kydemocrat said...
I helped out with some polling for Kenton Co. last night and was somewhat amazed by what I learned in the few calls I made. Only one person knew who the governor, state reps, state senators, and U.S. senators were for Kentucky. One lady didn't know the difference between Republicans and Democrats. One guy said neither party works for lower and middle class Americans.

It seems as if regular people dislike all politicians IMMENSELY. They have lumped them all into the same group - Republicans have ethics problems, then so do Democrats. That is one point on which I disagree with most people - Democrats are NOTHING like Republicans in terms of ethics violations. This administration especially is the most vile, corrupt, amoral bunch I have ever seen. Democrats need to remind people when it's time to vote of all of this misbehavior. Too much being nice.
 

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At 9:24 AM, Blogger Greymagius said...
A moment of quite contentment: I had earlier said "Quiet disagreement doesn't work on the opposition. Threats to the one thing they care about, Re-Election, does."

Interesting to note how post election last week, suddenly Republicans are trying to steal the Democrats thunder and 'Set a timnetable for US Troops withdrawl from Iraq"
 

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