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  •  But why now? Why not a year ago? (none)
    According to, the last 22 polls, since late September, all have Bush at an approval rating of 42 or below -- most of them are in the 30s. That has got to be a record of shame for any president, not to mention one re-elected less than a year earlier.

    But the question that still nags at me is -- why are these people just waking up NOW?

    Dubya's approval ratings were hovering about 51% when he narrowly won re-election a year ago this week -- not exactly stellar for a president during wartime. Since then there's been a 15-percentage-point swing -- that represents millions and millions of people who voted for him in 2004 but now apparently regret it. The thing is: they KNEW all of this stuff about this president and his henchmen a year ago. They KNEW it. They FELT it in their guts. And they put him back in office anyway. And now we're stuck for 3 more years of this (barring impeachment in early '07 of course). Why does it take so long for the American electorate to awake from its collective coma??

    •  Pardon this analogy, but (none)
      I think that people give the president a LOT of leeway when it comes to foreign relations (diplomacy, wars) and it showed with IRAQ, even though they have had doubts (cracks) in this trust.

      I think Katrina actually has had a "freezing water" effect. People are much more comfortable making judgements about domestic issues - and the fact the BUSH and company didn't respond quickly, and then continued to bungle things was like flood waters going to the "cracks", freezing, and then widening these doubts.

      And with the IRAQ lies being finally reported in the MSM, there has been no time for these "cracks" in Bush's approval rating to be healed, covered up, smoothed over and/or forgotten. They are still visible and are growing even more visible. And the more visible they are, the more comfortable people will be in acknowledging their doubts.

      The sad thing is that there are people who now regret voting for him in 2004. And they are going to have to live with this as things continue to worsen in Iraq and in the US.

      "Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." (T. Paine)

      by dmmteacher on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 08:55:18 PM PST

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    •  Katrina (none)
      really pulled the curtain back for a whole lot of people -- it also woke the media from their long winter's nap.
    •  You've Heard of Self-Flagellation? (none)
      No wonder those Red States were so "pro-Bush" - the were contemplating their penance for four more years.

      The media misread those value voter polls, which we already knew.  But it turns out they actually had values, so they voted for self-inflicted misery to pay for our nation's sins.  And given the number of disasters made worse by Bush, and the coming pandemic, it worked.  

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