Chris Matthews of MSNBC and Karl Rove somehow have this idea in their heads that although Bush’s job approval ratings are at an all-time low, he still has this going for him, as Chris Matthews put it, "Everybody sort of likes the president, except for the real whack-jobs, maybe on the left."
Chris would do much better if he spoke from personal experience.
To me, this says more about the people Chris Matthews knows and associates with than a gauge of what Americans actually think of Dubya.
Actually, even likeability polls agree with me.
Karl Rove also referred to these mysterious “likeability polls” today when he mentioned almost in passing, Bush’s likeability ratings are far higher than his approval ratings.
As usual, he was lying.
"There is a disconnect" because of the Iraq conflict. That is what Rove told the American Enterprise Institute.
Far higher, huh?
Personally I had no idea what Bush’s likeability poll numbers looked like, so being the real left wing whack-job that I am, I did what apparently grounded, centered right wing conservatives don’t do, and I looked them up.
In a recent CBS news poll taken back in March, before his job approval rating really started plummeting, only 29 percent of Americans said they have a "favorable" or "positive" view of Bush, compared with 53 percent who have an "unfavorable" view of Bush.
The latest job approval polls show that 37% of Americans approve of the job that he is doing what 58% disapprove.
So as you see, the fact is that his job approval numbers are actually higher than his likeability numbers which even Richard Wolffe pointed out means that people don’t even like Dubya anymore.
Richard Wolffe: Well, the numbers (likeability) were never very good anyway, but he managed to get through the election with bad numbers because he had a bad candidate against him. But you look at the curve of these numbers -- he tanked after Katrina, he hit another low after [Bush's failed Supreme Court nomination of] Harriet Miers. What we're seeing now is just that reminder of the lack of confidence. Twenty-nine percent of Americans have -- give him a positive, favorable rating. That's actually lower than his job approval, way lower than Bill Clinton. People don't think he is a nice guy anymore.
I guess the only pleasure I can take from all of this is that each day that passes is one less day that we as a nation have to suffer through this administration.
And I guess the other thing I can walk away with is imagining how embarrassed those on the right have to be that in the latest polls comparing Bush with Bill Clinton not only do Americans think Clinton was a better president, but they even trust Clinton as much as they do Dubya.
They trust a man that admittedly lied to the American people about getting a blow job from an intern as much as they trust Dubya.
”When asked which man was more honest as president, poll respondents were more evenly divided, with the numbers -- 46 percent Clinton to 41 percent Bush -- falling within the poll's margin of error. The same was true for a question on handling national security: 46 percent said Clinton performed better; 42 percent picked Bush.”
So much for returning honor and dignity back to the white house, huh Hoss?
Actually Bush has done something for me personally. This administration has strengthened by faith in God.
How? Because there is no way that there could be a God, not a living God at least, and it let a complete dumbass like Bush actually keep the wool pulled over the heads of a population of 270 million of free thinking adults without some kind of extraterrestrial technologies controlling our brains.
No, make no mistake about it. God is alive.