December 5, 2005
America: We Don't Want a Bush Clone in '08Flashback to Bush's Press Conference, 11/04/04:
I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it. It is my style.Looks like he has spent it all:
Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Three in five Americans want the next U.S. president to be completely different from incumbent George W. Bush, according to a poll by Time magazine.Ouch.
The rest of the numbers look just as dismal:
60% disapprove his handling of the war in Iraq (38% approve).
60% think the country is headed in the wrong direction.
51% said Iraq has worsened the danger of terrorist attacks against the U.S (41% said U.S. is safer).
50% said it was wrong for the U.S. to go to war (44% it was right).
48% think he misled the country to build the case for war in Iraq (45% said he was truthful).
47% said U.S. should withdraw from Iraq in the next 12 months (40% said they should stay until the Iraqi government is stable).
Poll results mean that his approval ratings remain at post-Katrina levels, with no bounce at all from his 11/30 Annapolis speech.
Recall that post-9/11, his approval ratings were as high as 90%.
Four years later, Iraq is a quagmire, Social Security privatization is dead, permanent tax cuts are a distant memory. Exactly what does he have to show for that steep 50% drop?
One more thing. When Bush and Cheney call the critics of the Iraq war "irresponsible" and "dishonest and reprehensible", I guess they also mean us, the majority of the American people.
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