You have to wonder how the president puts up with it, day after day, receiving nothing but increasingly bad news — except from his ultra-conservative Supreme Court. He now has the honor of having the lowest ratings for the longest period of any president since Julius Caesar in Rome, and that was a long time ago.
A poll by the American Research Group reported Friday that nearly half of Americans want Bush impeached. Over half want to see VP Cheney get the axe. The AFP story acknowledged that Congress is unlikely to act on impeachment, although that's a mystery as well. What do they have to do? Have sex with interns or something? But act or not, it's another in a series of body blows this week that has to leave the administration wondering who cast a spell on them.
Today's Washington Post ran a story on independent voters in Virginia, that former bastion of Republican strength. Based on a survey conducted by The Post, The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation, and Harvard, not only are independents more likely to support a Democrat for president, 46 percent named Bush the worst president since 1960. No one else got more than 15 percent. Half of Virginia independents named Busher the worst president since 1960. That's gotta sting.
An AP story released just recently found that Dick Cheney's popularity has now sunk as low as Bush's. Worse, many Republicans are growing weary of his bizarre concepts of the Constitution and the Vice President's place in the grand scheme of things. Bush may be pathetic. Cheney is downright bizarre. He's the best reason not to impeach the president.
Even Bush's formerly strongest war supporters, many looking at reelection in 2008, are calling on Bush to start doing something in Iraq that will work. When Republican Senators such as John Warner (VA), Pete Dominici (NM), Richard Lugar, George Voinovich (OH), Susan Collins (ME), John Sununu (NH), and Lamar Alexander (TN) all call for a new idea, any new idea or actually support some Democratic proposals…well, what's a president to do? I'd suggest Disney World, but he'd probably get booed out of the park.
Perhaps no president has been so ill-served by his closest advisors: Cheney and the thankfully-departed Rumsfeld. With Bush having no foreign policy experience, he was dependent on them, and they've let him down every step of the way.
Will it get worse? The economy's a mixed bag. If you're wealthy, it's great. If you're poor or middle class, you're struggling. The environment? I've just bought ocean front property in the mountains of West Virginia. We're hated around the world, and we don't even think much of ourselves. Of course it's going to get worse.
I never thought I'd write this, but I actually feel sorry for the Busher. Man, forget the pledge, take a shot of something and relax. I recommend Jameson Irish Whiskey. (That, alas, is an unpaid endorsement, and if the Middleton Brewery doesn't start recognizing and appreciating and paying for all the free publicity I give them…well, there'll be heck to pay, I can tell you.)