Thursday, August 25, 2005

“They Like Me!” Uh…

All our little friends on the right say that no matter what he does, the people of America really do like President Bush. They like his folksy style, his “aw-shucks” demeanor, and they even find his mangling of the language to be endearing. So in spite of all the snarky comments by the nasty MSM, lefty bloggers, and the smart-ass quips by late-night comics, the country is really behind him. Right?

You are wrong, turkeylips! According to the American Reasearch Group,

George W. Bush’s overall job approval ratings have dropped from a month ago even as Americans who approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president are turning more optimistic about their personal financial situations according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. Among all Americans, 36% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 58% disapprove. When it comes to Bush’s handling of the economy, 33% approve and 62% disapprove.

Thirty-six percent? Wow. That’s as bad as Richard Nixon, right?

Wrong again, buffalo breath! Richard Nixon, in July 1973, at the same point in his presidency as Bush (the summer after his re-election) and at the height of the Watergate revelations (John Dean’s testimony before the Ervin committee and the revelation of the White House tapes), was at 39%. In other words, Richard Nixon, one of the more charm-free occupants of the Oval Office, was three points ahead of President Bush.

Okay, well, what about the most evil, tawdry, tacky, villified, decadent, sleazy, slimy, slick, and just downright despised presidents to darken the door of the West Wing since Warren G. Harding, Bill Clinton. Certainly President Bush is more popular than that scumbag ever was, right?

Wrong once again, gatorface! On the day he was impeached by Congress, December 19, 1998, Bill Clinton’s approval rating was at 72%.

In other words, at the darkest moment of his presidency, when an entire branch of the government indicted him for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” when you would think that nothing could be worse and that the aforementioned Richard Nixon resigned his office rather than face such a trauma, Bill Clinton’s approval rating was twice as high as George W. Bush’s is right now.

Now our little friends over on the right will say, “Well, sure, the liberal media is beating the crap out of Bush and never laid a glove on Clinton.” Oh, right. I forgot. They didn’t touch Bill Clinton. Not a word. Nothing. They ignored the Starr report and didn’t print anything at all about Whitewater, Paula Jones, Vince Foster, Travelgate, Filegate, or Monica Lewinsky, and the $70 million we spent on a special prosecutor actually went to buy everyone in Toledo a pizza. Fox News was mysteriously off the air throughout Clinton’s entire second term and Rush Limbaugh was in the Peace Corps in Angola, working as a medic — that’s how he hurt his back.

I honestly believe that if the Republican noise machine had been working at Ford in 1957, the Edsel would have been the most popular car in America. But the reality is that George W. Bush’s approval ratings suck out loud, and that 62% disapproval rating, by sheer numbers, has to include a lot of Republicans. Are they worried? If it were me, I would be. But then again, I hate don’t care for Kool-Aid.