Friday, April 07, 2006

Bush Losing All Credibility

I haven't posted much in the last two days for the simple reason there is so much going on I can hardly digest it all. I deeply appreciate what other bloggers are saying but I'm the type that needs time to process and I hope to have more to say in the next few days. As the Bush fiascos continue to mount, his numbers continue their steady slide:
- President Bush has hit new lows in public opinion for his handling of Iraq and the war on terror and for his overall job performance. Polling also shows the Republican Party surrendering its advantage on national security.

The AP-Ipsos survey is loaded with grim election-year news for a party struggling to stay in power. Nearly 70 percent of Americans believe the nation is headed in the wrong direction — the largest percentage during the Bush presidency and up 13 points from a year ago.


As for Bush's ratings:

_Just 36 percent of the public approves of his job performance, his lowest-ever rating in AP-Ipsos polling. By contrast, the president's job approval rating was 47 percent among likely voters just before Election Day 2004 and a whopping 64 percent among registered voters in October 2002.

_Only 40 percent of the public approves of Bush's performance on foreign policy and the war on terror, another low-water mark for his presidency. That's down 9 points from a year ago. Just before the 2002 election, 64 percent of registered voters backed Bush on terror and foreign policy.
A desperate president who has the arrogance to believe he is above the law is an ugly thing to see. Republicans in Congress need to come to grips to a growing meltdown in the executive branch. There are several solutions and the most obvious solution is one Republicans are reluctant to invoke but I'll recommend it as my first choice anyway since things are that bad: impeach Cheney, replace him with someone who actually knows what he's doing and who respects the US Constitution (not Dennis Hastert or Bill Frist), impeach Bush and then let's start repairing the damage.

Other solutions short of impeachment include censure of the president, real investigations of Bush Administration wrong-doing, and withholding funds for some of Bush's or Cheney's favorite projects. Another possibility might be a one-year moratorium on any new military adventurism without the explicit consent of Congress with notices to military commanders to observe the moratorium.

The Republican-controlled Congress has the ability to bring the Bush presidency under control. This is the hour for Republican moderates to stand up. Even John McCain better decide who he is because he has spent the last two years cozying up to the wrong people. It's been apparent for some time that the biggest problem facing our nation is not the failures of Iraq but the incompetence, arrogance and dishonesty of George W. Bush.


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