George W. Bush, aka "The Democrusader," has hit an all-time low in recent public opinion polls. The overall reason for this lack of confidence in the U.S. president is that some of Dubya's previously faithful supporters are starting to realize that they can no longer defend him on their own particular conservative political plank while the Bush Administration arrogantly stays the course as the entire ship is sinking.
This news has been reported by many outlets, so I'll cite the CBS article simply because it happened to be at the top of my googling, not because of any perceived political left-leaning of CBS. In point of fact, it's an AP news story simply published on the CBS site: "Bush Approval Rating Falls to New Low"
More and more people, particularly Republicans, disapprove of President Bush's performance, question his character and no longer consider him a strong leader against terrorism, according to an AP-Ipsos poll documenting one of the bleakest points of his presidency.
Looking more closely at this recent poll [PDF] shows marked drops in the Bush administration's approval by the American people, from just a year ago, when the GOP was on a political high because BushWorld had just been re-elected. It appears that Dubya has truly squandered the poltical capital he spoke of so proudly immediately after his inaugaration.
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The Democrusader's poll numbers have never been too outstanding -- much like the narrow margin by which he was re-elected in 2004 -- but the only explanation for his current dismally low approval ratings can really only be explained by Republicans jumping the political sinking ship.
While BushWorld partially saved face when Dubai Ports pulled their own deal before it came down to Bush's first veto of his puppet Congress, it only highlighted the growing lack of confidence his fellow Republicans are feeling about their presidential fratboy. White House spokesman, Scott McClellan, signalled relief that pulling out of the deal would indeed heal some rifts between the administration and the GOP-controlled Congress, but insisted that "this was their [Dubai's] decision." Despite this, no one believes a damn word coming from the White House, anymore.
Some of the comments coming from conservative corners are absolutely stunning:
"[Secretary of Defense] Rumsfeld has so thoroughly alienated Congress that it no longer cares what he wants."
-- Loren Thompson, Armed Forces Journal
"One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed."
-- William F. Buckley Jr., National Review
"My comment on Bush's Christian "socialism" was in a particular context. Margaret Thatcher defined a socialist as someone who knows how to spend other people's money. That is something George W. Bush has done his entire life. It was once his family's money or that of foolish investors'. Now it's yours and mine. Trillions of it."
-- Andrew Sullivan, blog and speaking at the Cato Institute
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In some small measure, it can only go downhill from here. In a larger measure, the Republican politicians wishing for re-election in 2006 may hit bottom faster than a crackhead playing Chutes and Ladders. When you add up the Democrusader's pros and cons among his abject faithful, it doesn't show much promise for Republicans.
On the one hand, the inevitability of death and retirement provided Dubya the opportunity to appoint two judges to the Supreme Court of the United States who are perceived as conservatives -- but even then -- he had the Harriet Myer nomination blow up in his face. While his Christian social conservative political base may feel some divine satisfaction from these appointments, I predict a huge political backlash from it in the 2006 and 2008 elections, as the abortion issue ends up in the news, day after day.
We Americans have a quirky gut feeling about our rights. While we may not always choose to exercise them, we never want anyone to take the choice to do so away from us. It doesn't matter what right we think we have, legally or perceived.
While I may not have the artistic talent to draw a cartoon characterization depicting the Islamic prophet, Muhammed (pbuh), with funny, clownlike red hair and big shoes, handing out happy meals loaded with deep-fried McExplosives to the hasidic jewish children mocking about at the Wailing Wall in Israel -- if you try to take away my first amendment right to express myself in this way, you may find yourself unfortunately discovering my second amendment right to keep and bear arms.
If my government illegally wiretaps our phones, or monitors our public library activities, or criminalizes medical procedures, pharmaceutical resources, or non-traditional health and welfare practices -- it is invading our privacy. It is impeding our right to life, liberty and our perceived version of happiness.
Since I am a man, I can only relate and comment with any sense of wisdom about the abortion issue that women demand and deserve the freedom of choice in this personal decision about their own body. To me, it is a privacy issue.
Abortion will splinter politics
The same goes for the abortion issue. A majority of women never wish to have an abortion. A majority of women never wish to be placed in the position where they have to make that decision in the first place. At the same time, an overwhelmingly majority of women feel the right to choose, or not to choose, a medical procedure concerning their own body is a more important fundamental right to them than satisfying the religious fanatics in their own country, state, or county.
Do some research on the ridiculous religious fanatics and other mental nut cases on the planet who: protest Iraq War casualty funerals with homophobic and apocalyptic rants, bomb abortion clinics, drive an SUV into a gaggle of drunk college students, burn a pod of poor Alabama churches, blow up a mosque in Samarra, and incite a pesky million-man march of unemployed Middle Easterners swept up into the foreign policy grist mill of diametrically asymetric objectives.
It is going to be an interesting year. Politics and global issues may instead be the talk of the town, rather than Paris Hilton's favorite dildo color, even after Tennessee makes it illegal to do so. It's light purple. Don't ask how I know.
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