A phone poll by Opinion Research Corporation for CNN is bad news for Bush's failing "presidency". Only 32 percent of about 1,000 Americans polled said they approve of Bush's performance. It gets worse for Bush: that big chunk of red states in mid-America —forget about it! It no longer exists. Let's put the latest poll numbers in perspective with confirming data from even earlier studies: if the elections were held today, the "decider" would get only 17 electoral votes from only 3 states that voted went heavily for Bush in the last election: Alabama, Utah, and Wyoming. [See: SurveyUSA]
Now if that were not dramatic enough, consider that Bush is chalking up net negatives in staunchly Republican states: -12% in South Carolina, -17% in Indiana, -18% in Virginia, and -19% in Tennessee. Here's the capper. In Texas —where bad air, bullsh*t, and Bush are notable exports —George W. Gets a net negative 14 percentage points. Put another way: 55% in Texas disapprove of the job Bush is doing.
Bush's fall from grace in so-called "swing" states is tautological at this point but it may turn out to be apocalyptic for the GOP. Take the cases of Florida and Ohio, battlegrounds where Bush carved out or stole his controversial victories in the years 2000 and 2004. Now Bush gets a net negative in Ohio and a net negative 22 in Florida. One wonders: can DieBold steal enough votes without fritzin' out the computer?
The deluded decider!Asked whether "honest and trustworthy" describes the president, 40 percent said yes, down from 56 percent a year ago.
Bush's image continues to fall apart as reality sets in. A year ago, some 62 percent thought Bush "... strong and decisive". Less than half think so now. What a difference quagmire, Katrina, and talk of a "unitary executive" can do. Dare we declare that America is now de-hypnotized?
GOP rats are jumping ship, warning Bush that keeping Rumsfeld could wind up costing the GOP the House and the Senate. Those warnings are borne out by the numbers cited above. In short: Bush may have dealt his party a near fatal blow. Inasmuch as the GOP has become the very picture of corruption, evil, prejudice and sheer pig-headedness, it may turn out to be the only good thing to come out of this debacle.
'Toons by Dante Lee; use only with permission