This is the best sign yet. An AP-Ipsos poll says that most Americans say Bush is dishonest. Once people think you have been dishonest with them, is it ever possible to make them believe you have true integrity? I don't think so. This gives me hope that enough Americans have finally seen the truth and won't allow themselves to be hoodwinked again.
Almost six in 10 -- 57 percent -- said they do not think the Bush administration has high ethical standards and the same portion says President Bush is not honest, an AP-Ipsos poll found. Just over four in 10 say the administration has high ethical standards and that Bush is honest. Whites, Southerners and evangelicals were most likely to believe Bush is honest.
Bush, who promised in the 2000 campaign to uphold "honor and integrity" in the White House, last week ordered White House workers, from presidential advisers to low-ranking aides, to attend ethics classes.
The president gets credit from a majority for being strong and decisive, but he's also seen by an overwhelming number of people as "stubborn," a perception reinforced by his refusal to yield on issues like the Iraq war, tax cuts and support for staffers under intense pressure.
More than eight in 10, 82 percent, described Bush as "stubborn," with almost that many Republicans agreeing to that description. That stubborn streak has served Bush well at times, but now he is being encouraged to shake up his staff and change the direction of White House policies.
That loss of trust complicates Bush's efforts to rebuild his standing with the public. His job approval rating remains at his all-time low in the AP-Ipsos poll of 37 percent.
"Honesty is a huge issue because even people who disagreed with his policies respected his integrity," said Bruce Buchanan, a political scientist from the University of Texas.
But wait, there's more! I have to be honest and admit that I'm gloating over the thought that this stubborn, dishonorable, lying piece of shit is suffering, that the little twit is crying over the polls he claims not to care about. And he thought he was so special.