That's his approval rating, according to a CBS news poll, in the wake of the Terri Schiavo case, which mercifully seems to have ended with the Supreme Court's fifth and final refusal to hear the case.
Congress is even lower--34 percent. These are beyond deadly ratings--virtually impeachment level. When you think of the GOP's memo that illustrated how much this was about shoring up support in the elections next year, you wonder why some people can't leave well enough alone--particularly when it meant sacrificing being on-message about the social security matter(which is dead now, as if it ever had a chance of succeeding). So it appears they did in fact waste their much-boasted-about political capital, and maybe they should have paid more attention to polls before the supposed representatives of the collective will went off on this ridiculous and macabre crusade of theirs, because across the board Americans have sided with the removal of the feeding tube by a majority of not less than 61 and as high as 80 percent or more, despite a few pathetic attempts to spin it as biased. (the 61% figure is from Fox News itself) Americans do believe in moral values, it appears, it's true. Moral values like the government not interfering in our personal business, or our families, or when we go to meet our maker. As Bill Maher often says, "Why are those who believe in God the most reluctant to meet Him in person?" The penny has dropped. We now know--well, we already knew, but now Bush's supporters do too--that all the conservative rhetoric about limited government is and always was a load of shit. Well, not if you add the word "democratic" between "limited" and "government." The truth is that power is and always was their only goal, their one true love, and abusing it to them is, well, just what you do with power. I will be very interested to see if anyone remembers in a week what the man behind the curtain looked like, or if they go back to fearing the great and powerful Oz. My prediction: Tom DeLay will have to step down sometime soon, both because he has now lost, embarrassed the party, and has so very many corruption cases waiting to eat him which the GOP would not want to be associated with. I'm sure there are many who'd love to replace him in his current position and it's well-known that he is feared but not liked. So my bet's on him first. And I can't wait to see him kicking and screaming on his way out.
Labels: hate war, right wing, terri schiavo