From the Washington Post:
President Bush is a competitive guy. But this is one contest he would rather lose. With 18 months left in office, he is in the running for most unpopular president in the history of modern polling.
The latest Washington Post-ABC News survey shows that 65 percent of Americans disapprove of Bush’s job performance, matching his all-time low.
Oh, the stink of scandal in the morning!
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A little more from WaPo:
The historic depth of Bush’s public standing has whipsawed his White House, sapped his clout, drained his advisers, encouraged his enemies and jeopardized his legacy. Around the White House, aides make gallows-humor jokes about how they can alienate their remaining supporters — at least those aides not heading for the door. Outside the White House, many former aides privately express anger and bitterness at their erstwhile colleagues, Bush and the fate of his presidency.
This is from an editorial in The Philadephia Inquirer:
Mr. President, you’ve always said that you don’t pay attention to newspapers or public-opinion polls. The wisdom of your choice is now obvious. A new poll indicates that you are the second-most-unpopular president in the history of polling.
The survey found 65 percent of Americans disapprove of your job performance. In the past 70 years, only Richard Nixon had a worse rating (66 percent). What this poll means, Mr. President, is about two out of three Americans are just waiting for the inauguration in January 2009 of President Anybody-But-Bush.
They figure you are beyond reasoning with on the war in Iraq, which is nearly the only policy you control any longer. You are not just a war president – you are president of a war.
On that one major policy, you seem unwilling to listen to any proposal that doesn’t involve more troops. At least 245 troops from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware have been killed in Iraq.
Speaking of listening, President Bush, it’s gotten hard to figure out who still listens to you. Not Congress. Not two-thirds of the public. Whom does that leave – your staff? Oh yes, and (closed) convention audiences.
(…) your good economy has been overshadowed by a parade of blunders and self-inflicted wounds: Iraq, FEMA, shabby treatment of veterans, political sackings at the Justice Department, failure on immigration reform, politicization of science, botching the system for prosecuting terror detainees at Guantanamo, and curtailing civil liberties, to name a few.
By the way, we’ve heard you’re opposed to expanding the nation’s State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which has bipartisan support in Congress.
But what do two-thirds of Americans want most from you in the next 18 months, Mr. President? A way out of Iraq. However it’s structured, you should start now.
And buy a gold watch for your attorney general, while you’re at it.