Commander in Chief

Posted: May 14, 2008 in Politics

I rarely blog on politics. That topic is covered awfully well elsewhere — almost everywhere else, it seems. But this caught my eye. Based on how the brief story is reported, Pres. Bush is not searching his soul or experiencing a moment of contrition. Either of those would have required too much depth. But the weight of events during his presidency has at the least soured his golf game and taken the joy out of it. I remember an interview (really, more like a few glib quips) made on the tee box, which found its way into one of Michael Moore’s movies. Back then, it appeared the job had little emotional gravity to Pres. Bush. Things must have changed.

One thing that has steadily worsened is his job approval. This site tracks his ratings, and the table below appears on the third panel on the right. (I believe the table is set to update automatically.)

Bush Job Approval October 2006 to Current

Approve

Disapprove

May 9 2008

32

65

May 2 2008

34

63

Apr 2008

34

63

Mar 2008

36

61

Feb 2008

37

60

Jan 2008

38

59

Dec 2007

37

60

Nov 2007

37

60

Oct 2007

37

61

Sep 2007

38

59

Aug 2007

38

59

Jul 2007

38

60

Jun 2007

35

62

May 2007

36

61

Apr 2007

39

59

Mar 2007

40

58

Feb 2007

41

57

Jan 2007

41

57

Dates are release dates. Surveys

conducted on preceding three nights.

Pres. Bush hasn’t suddenly become Ratsputin or anything, but he’s got to realize that people are more than a little mildly unhappy with him.

Hillary Clinton is similarly out of touch. None of the news reports discuss her candidacy any longer in terms of policy. Rather, it’s all about when she’s going to admit defeat and give it up. She’s like a thoroughbred horse: born to run (and run and run and run) — even if that means breaking her own legs and destroying herself.

Update: I knew I wasn’t going out on much of a limb to draw attention to how Pres. Bush reputedly gave up his golf game in sympathy or solidarity with U.S. soldiers in Iraq. As it turns out, he was photographed playing golf after the event he claimed caused him to decide it was no longer worth it. And as Keith Olbermann observes in his lengthy Special Comment, a rather coincidental knee injury around the same date caused him to have to stop jogging as well. The depths to which the Commander in Chief will sink are impossible to overstate.

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Comments
  1. For some people–this is my theory, yet I can’t imagine others haven’t adopted it long before me–politics works like religion. The devout remain loyal to the party they either chose, or possibly even consider essential to their heritage, no matter what. How else can one explain the 32% of U.S. citizen approving of Bush?
    In “The New York Review of Books,” Frank Rich wrote a fascinating article about Norman Mailer’s coverage of the presidential race in 1968–“Miami and the Siege of Chicago.” Mailer described the GOP as “the party of conservatism and principle, of corporate wealth and personal frugality…and balanced budget.” Hard to imagine that given more recent history that “balanced budget” image remains.
    Rich’s essay, however, shows how much of Mailer’s writing, not only holds up today, but resounds as prescient. He insisted the system would not recover in forty years.
    The Democratic party, he reported from Chicago, “had here broken in two before the eyes of the nation like Melville’s whale charging right of the sea.”

  2. pedantic says:

    “How else can one explain the 32% of U.S. citizen approving of Bush?”

    My dear, that’s 32% of those polled approved of Bush.

  3. Brutus says:

    “those polled” Absolutely, pedantically correct. However, isn’t the whole point of polls and polling to give an accurate snapshot of the population as a whole, within a stated margin of error, without having to poll the entire population? Even elections are only a partial expression of the will of the people, considering how many voters don’t participate.

    So you get points for being correct, but what’s your point?

  4. Carl says:

    Polls vary, with some (Fox) more generous towards Bush than others. But the overall downward direction of Bush’s spproval rating is undeniable. For more info, see, e.g.,
    http://anonymous.coward.free.fr/polls/approvalpolls.html

  5. point chaser says:

    Can we redeem points for cash?

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