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September 09, 2005

You're Doing a Heck of a Job, George

Via Singer, the latest AP poll shows the American people waking up, grumpily rubbing the sleep from their eyes, and telling Bush to get the hell off their lawn:

Overall, do you approve, disapprove or have mixed feelings about the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?

Strongly Approve 20 (23)
Somewhat Approve 11 (10)
Lean Toward Approval 8 (9)
Lean Toward Disapproval 14 (13)
Somewhat Disapprove 5 (5)
Strongly Disapprove 40 (38)

Wow. What's most amazing though is the strength of the feeling on the "strong disapproval" side compared to the tepidness of those with favorable opinions. Think about this for a sec: right now, more Americans strongly disapprove of the president than approve of his job in any capacity. Total rage at his actions is outpacing all degrees of support.

Heck of a job, George. Heck of a job.

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I liked Brad Delong's column where he said that if we didn't have a system where our President retained the powers of an 18th-cent monarch, Bush would have been asked to step down by party leaders by now.

Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Sep 9, 2005 2:29:14 PM

Really, can't we go ahead and have a California-style "recall" vote now?

Posted by: sprocket | Sep 9, 2005 2:43:33 PM

I don't see any data on who was polled. Very often, these sorts of polls oversample Democrats and skew the results. I don't know if that is true this time, but you may want to check before pulling out the party hats.

Posted by: Mastiff | Sep 9, 2005 2:45:32 PM

My faith in democratic government is bolstered, but not fully restored. Only if these newly found public sentiments result in a rapid change in governance in Congress (and later in the WH) will it matter.

People are mad now. They deserve to be. Will they remember in 06?

As to DeLong's government comments: Maybe we should be thinking of a Constitutional Amendment for a alternate remedy to impeachment of the President and VP. Perhaps this take the form of a majority vote in both houses of Congress to take to the voters a Confidence/No Confidence national ballot by the people. If no-confidence achieves a majority on the balloting, Congress chooses an interim President/VP, and new elections are called if more than 2 years remain in the four-year electoral cycle.

We shouldn't have to prove 'high crimes and misdemeanors' to get rid of a worthless, incompetent Executive.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Sep 9, 2005 2:52:38 PM

Well, since it tracks with every other poll released over the last two weeks, I'll not only pull out my party hat, I'm whipping out the noisemaker. And AP is hardly an unknown, untrustworthy organization...

Posted by: Ezra | Sep 9, 2005 2:53:27 PM

It's encouraging, but we still have to ask ourselves if the Dems can carry this latest ball that's been dropped in their laps. I don't see it, myself...

Posted by: sglover | Sep 9, 2005 3:05:56 PM

It's encouraging, but we still have to ask ourselves if the Dems can carry this latest ball that's been dropped in their laps. I don't see it, myself...

Posted by: sglover | Sep 9, 2005 3:07:58 PM

Unfortunately, if the 2004 elections were in November 2005, I'd still put my money on Bush to win. FEMA's malfunctioning would be blamed on democrats somehow (after all, Democrats did approve Brown), and the Iraqi mis-adventure would be blamed on Camp Casey and Michael Moore.

I'm serious. If you would have told me two years ago that Kerry would be attacked for serving in Vietnam, and that that service would hurt his cred as a wartime president, while the guy who ducked service is turned into a virtual war hero, I would have thought you were crazy.

Posted by: Justin | Sep 9, 2005 3:25:32 PM

Party discipline will become tougher to maintain, the 50 billion plus helps a little.

Where will it show? My guess is that Social Security is safer now, and we may get a more moderate justice on the next nomination than expected.

My experience with beleagured Presidents would also predict some paranoid mistakes of overreaction. We might get this guy impeached yet.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Sep 9, 2005 3:28:27 PM

My experience with beleagured Presidents would also predict some paranoid mistakes of overreaction. We might get this guy impeached yet.

So how come, when Bush proposed leading a post-Katrina investigation himself, we didn't hear Dems howling to the moon? I mean, a proposal like that is something Mel Brooks would dream up....

Posted by: sglover | Sep 9, 2005 4:23:15 PM

This is one of those times when everyone here thinks polls are important, significant.....will of the people type stuff.
Then there are those other times such as the proposition in California where more than sixty percent of the voters voted to ban homo marriage and somehow that "will of the people" stuff goes out the window.
So pardon the rest of the country if we don't take you too seriously when, with wild eyes and foam around your mouth, you scream about the latest poll and the will of the people.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Sep 9, 2005 4:41:49 PM

Something to do with a poll that has practical meaning . Bush isn't running again. It's a bit late now.

Posted by: opit | Sep 9, 2005 6:26:28 PM

Ah, Fred, RIGHTS aren't about winning popularity contests. Too bad a people can't see the rightness of it--but it's OK, because eventually they will; just look at the kids and at the acceptance over time of interracial marriage.

Still, it's something to be impressed with about the American people--when we see people dead from incompetence, we get pissed about it. Heartening, really, that so many see so well through so much spin.

Posted by: theorajones | Sep 9, 2005 6:37:46 PM

"Stung by criticism of his ability to lead an unbiased investigation of his own administration, President Bush today appointed O.J. Simpson to investigate the government's response to Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Simpson is expected to begin the investigation as soon as he wraps up his search for the real killers of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson (no relation to FEMA Director Michael Brown)."

NYT, 9/16/05.

Posted by: DaveL | Sep 9, 2005 7:41:43 PM

Actually, these polls do have meaning--a lot of it. The President has Constitutional authority and he has the "bully pulpit." The weaker the President is in polls, the less his intangible leadership works.

What's the result? Well, for one thing, do you expect the GOP to enact the nuclear option should the Democrats filibuster? Really? They're gonna throw themselves on a grenade for Bush?

Absolutely not. The worse things get for Bush, the more likely that the vaunted GOP discipline will start to break down. It's easy to take marching orders from a guy with 61% approval. It's scary to be seen in the same county as a guy with 39% approval. If Bush stays high 30s/low 40s for any length of time--and I predict he will--the Democrats won't have to do anything. The GOP will blow itself up.

Posted by: Jeff Fecke | Sep 10, 2005 12:29:36 AM

If Bush stays high 30s/low 40s for any length of time--and I predict he will--the Democrats won't have to do anything. The GOP will blow itself up.

Well, incompetent that he is, Bush's performance isn't gonna get any better, and there's not gonna be any surge of love coming his way. But I don't see anything to suggest that Dems command any more esteem. Since the Dems have yet to unify around any coherent alternatives, and describe them in a candid, forthright manner, it still comes down to most folks choosing the lesser of two evils. In such circumstances, the standard GOP Big Lie tactic seems to work quite well....

How long have the Dems been waiting for the GOP to "blow itself up", now?

Posted by: sglover | Sep 10, 2005 1:33:27 AM

This is a heads up that a group of us are having bumper stickers printed: "Heck uv a job, Brownie". Join in.

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