Monday, July 23, 2007

How Low Can Bush Go?

George W. Bush has hit a new low in his presidential approval rating. From the American Research Group:

A total of 71% of Americans say they disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president according to the latest survey from the American Research Group.

Among all Americans, 25% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 71% disapprove. When it comes to Bush's handling of the economy, 23% approve and 73% disapprove.

Among Americans registered to vote, 27% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 70% disapprove. When it comes to the way Bush is handling the economy, 23% of registered voters approve of the way Bush is handling the economy and 72% disapprove.

This is the highest level of disapproval and lowest level of approval for the Bush presidency recorded in monthly surveys by the American Research Group....

Overall, 25% of Americans say that they approve of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president, 71% disapprove, and 4% are undecided.

My question: how low can he go? Has Bush's kisser hit the floor yet? Or is there room for--as he might say--disimprovement? At his worst, Jimmy Carter fell to 22 percent in a Harris Poll, establishing a modern-day record. Can Bush top (or bottom) Carter? How many stick-with-him-no-matter-what GOPers are out there?

If you have any predictions, observations, or wry observations, send them to .

Posted by David Corn at July 23, 2007 05:24 PM


David B. Benson said...

Yes, David Corn, Bush can bottom Carter.

After all, it's only about 19% of American adults who believe that the sun goes around the earth...

Gerald said...

I received a spam email from the GOP on stopping Hillary. It's not hillary that must be stopped. Bush is a psycho mad dog and these dogs are very dangerous. Bush is like a vampire who thirsts for blood but in Bush's case he craves human carnage. He becomes fully anf truly glorified at the sight of human carnage. His whole life evolves around death and destruction of life, human life.

O'Reilly said...

Bush can easily lose more of his irrationally exhuberent approval rating of 25%.

You want a number? His low will be 16% when gas climbs to $4.40 and he's the only republican in Washington supporting the Iraq war except Joe Leiberman.

Nice rebuttal to Billy (goes to Baghdad) Kristol's opinion piece in the WaPo.

capt said...

"In questions of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." -- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse." -- James Madison - (1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President Source: Speech, Virginia State Convention, 2 December 1829

"Our constitutions purport to be established by 'the people,' and, in theory, 'all the people' consent to such government as the constitutions authorize. But this consent of 'the people' exists only in theory. It has no existence in fact. Government is in reality established by the few; and these few assume the consent of all the rest, without any such consent being actually given." -- Lysander Spooner - (1808-1887) Political theorist, activist, abolitionist

"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no Constitution, no court, can even do much to help it." -- Judge Learned Hand (1872-1961), Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals


Thanks ICH Newsletter!

capt said...

Another example of Democratic failure

A defiant Gonzales returns to Capitol Hill

The return of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to the Senate Judiciary Committee is in some ways the story of Democratic failure to drum up enough pressure to force President Bush's hand.

Not so long ago, Republicans as well as Democrats thought they'd seen Gonzales sit before them for the last time as attorney general. There was no way Gonzales could survive the controversy over the prosecutor firings, nor the exposure of other missteps, they said. Certainly he could not resist the widespread calls for his resignation — one, from a Republican — to his face as the proceedings were broadcast live.

They were wrong. Gonzales was called to testify again Tuesday. A Senate vote of no confidence in Gonzales has failed, and Bush has noted that the U.S. attorneys probe did not uncover any clear wrongdoing. And, armed with the president's support, Gonzales has made clear that he does not intend to leave office before Bush does.


capt said...

Bush's incompetence gives al-Qaida new life

The White House hints at military action as the terror organization regroups in northern Pakistan and the Musharraf government begins to wobble.

In the past week, worrying signs of a resurgence of al-Qaida surfaced in cyberspace, in Pakistan and in Washington, D.C. The Pakistani military's invasion of a major mosque and seminary complex in the country's capital set off an unprecedented, violent wave of protests and car bombings in the north of the country. A new National Intelligence Estimate warned that al-Qaida was reconstituting itself in those very areas of northern Pakistan. A U.S. threat to send Special Forces into Pakistan in search of al-Qaida roiled relations with the weakened Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. And a new videotape of Osama bin Laden surfaced.

In a videotape that CNN characterized as having been "intercepted," excerpts of which appeared on an anti-terrorist Web site last week, a grayer bin Laden appears in fatigues against a mountainous backdrop, arguing that the Prophet Mohammed himself wished for martyrdom. In reality, though the Prophet had been prepared to sacrifice his life to defend the early Muslim community, he forbade suicide. Before the 1980s, there had never been a suicide bombing in the Muslim world; the technique was pioneered by the Marxist (and largely Hindu) Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. Bin Laden's little sermon was intended to hijack the Prophet and Islam for the purposes of al-Qaida.


capt said...

War Lies and the 2004 Election

Shortly after he was reelected, President Bush declared that American voters had had their “moment of accountability” regarding the Iraq war. Since he had gotten slightly more than 50 percent of the votes in the November 2004 election, that meant that they had ratified his policies and that Bush was free to do as he chose in the coming years.

Almost all of the Founding Fathers would have recognized Bush’s interpretation as dictatorial tripe. But it is also worthwhile to examine the war frauds by which Bush and Dick Cheney won a second term. This is especially relevant, since Bush and Cheney may use similar frauds to attack Iran.

Bush and Cheney were reelected in large part because they inoculated scores of millions of Americans against the evidence of the deceits and failures of the U.S. war in Iraq. They swayed tens of millions of Americans to take their beliefs from their rulers, not from the facts.

Americans may be more gullible on foreign policy in part because of their greater global ignorance. A 2002 survey for National Geographic found that “roughly 85 percent of young Americans (ages 18 to 24) could not find Afghanistan, Iraq, or Israel on a map.” Almost 30 percent of the young adults surveyed could not locate the Pacific Ocean and 56 percent were unable to locate India. As the old saying goes, “War is God’s way of teaching people geography.”


capt said...

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