Saturday, October 15, 2005

Poll Spells GOP Doom

From a Wall Street Journal-NBC poll:
The poll also revealed overwhelming opposition to Bush among African-Americans. Only two percent said they approved of his performance as president, the lowest level ever recorded in that category, NBC television reported.
The poll showed the President's approval rating - overall - at 39%. I just thought that this was an interesting tidbit. So, who do we think is happier about all this - the Republicans, or the Democrats? Click on the link for a press release that may give a hint.
With about 12 1/2 months to go until Election Day, 2006, here's my question: why should any Republican feel a need to stand by this President? Things could very well improve for President Bush in the coming months (they could also get worse), but between Iraq, Katrina, oil prices, and administration and party corruption, there are going to be many doubts about the President in people's minds even a year from now. Maybe not staunch Republicans' minds, but why would a Republican candidate in a district or state of staunch Republican voters need President Bush to campaign for him or her?

This all ties in to Harriet Miers. There are extenuating circumstances because of speculation that Miers would be replaced by a stronger conservative if she fails to be approved. But why should any Republican senator feel like he or she has to stand behind Miers just because she's the President's choice? Could the vote on her (assuming there is one) have more Democrats than Republicans voting 'yea'?


At 10:42 AM, Blogger Ken Adams said...

I stand by this President. His decisions have been made unpopular by a vocal minority of pundits (left and right now), but that doesn't make those decisions wrong. He was elected to make those kinds of decisions, and deserves the support of all Americans until he does something immoral or illegal.

At 2:59 PM, Anonymous njcons said...

Bush has done more to ruin the conservative movement than anything the Dems could have done. He signed McCain-Fiengold, passed a massive prescription drug program, committed troops in an ill-advised adventure, nominated a lightweight to the Supreme Court, signed the highways bill (the largest poerk barrel spending bill ever)presided over one of the largest expansions of the Federal Government in history, pledged a whoping $65 Billion to rebuild New orleans in an open ended spending boondogle and, to top it off, has never vetoed a bill.

At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Janice said...

Wow ken - how anyone could "stand by" this collosal failure of a presidency is beyond me. You have kids - don't you care that they're going to be saddled with the enormous debt he's racking up? Aren't you worried that by stretching our troops so thin and probably committing them to Iraq for a decade or more he's left us vulnerable to future attacks? I'm going to guess you're one of those "me, me, me" type of people. You don't give a shit about anyone but yourself. If you've got your tax cut, your gas guzzler, and your kids don't need to serve our country, everything's swell. Everyone else be damned. You don't represent the America I grew up to love, and I'm glad you're in the minority.

At 8:40 PM, Blogger wfoley said...

unless you know Ken, I don't think your comments are fair. He may care deeply about the deficit, give generously to charities and and have relatives patrolling the streets in Iraq. I think the question to ask is whether Bush has acted in the interests of this country or of his own political career. And I think that time and time again, he has looked out for himself and taken the easy route. He didn't have a serious job until he was in his 40s. Then, as president he pursues the tax cuts AND big spending, the supposedly easy win in Iraq, an energy policy of drill and drive, picking an unqualified buddy for the Supreme Court... He's lazy, and he runs an incompetent adminstration.

At 11:19 PM, Blogger Ken Adams said...


Stretched thin? There are nearly as many Army personnel sitting on their butts in Europe as there are working their butts off in Iraq. We've been involved in that open-ended commitment for over 60 years, without bankrupting the country.

"Enormous" debt? Don't think so. The current federal debt is about 7.9 trillion dollars, or 65% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). 10 years ago, it was 67% of GDP. Fifty years ago, it was 67% of GDP. In 1950, it was 88% of GDP.

You don't know me. I served in the Navy for 11 years. I expect (and encourage) my four children to consider serving their country as well, and if any of them choose to do so it will make me immensely proud. Many of my friends, shipmates and classmates are still serving, risking their lives so that you can safely attempt to read my mind, impugn my motives, and insult me publicly. You are certainly entitled to your opinion about the President, but please do try to back it up with facts rather than just spouting someone else's talking points. Original thought and research are always beneficial to a discussion.

wfoley, thanks for the defense. You've got the right question, and I believe that President Bush has (for the most part) acted in the country's best interest. If he were worried about his political career, would he have nominated someone sure to torque off his conservative base?

At 10:17 AM, Blogger wfoley said...

Ken, I think he chose Miers in part to avoid a fight. He figured the dems would back her because Reid had suggested the name, and there was little indication that she was a fire-eating conservative. And he trusted that the rightwing would accept his word that she was dependable (and not a Souter). What's happened is that he's losing the trust, for various reasons, of the right, and he only had it on the left for a few months following 9/11. Seems to me that only another dire emergency will keep him from spending the next three years as a lame duck.

At 11:56 PM, Blogger Ken Adams said...

I don't think I would agree with you on that last point. Conservatives won't abandon the President on other issues, just because they disagree with him on Miers.


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