Monday, March 06, 2006

White House reaps what it sowed

Bush is losing middle America. The latest polling in Indiana reflects the nationwide dissatisfaction with the preznit's performance. The propaganda and comforting sound bites can no longer hide the reality on the ground.
Kay Melloy, a 64-year-old independent voter from Chandler, finds nothing to approve of in Bush's job performance. She's especially distressed by the amount of money Bush is spending overseas in Iraq, when there are so many needs in the United States.

She works in a bank, she said, and sees elderly people with very little to live on. "It goes through me like a knife," Melloy said.
The WaPo seeks to explain to the tanking numbers.
The problem for President Bush is a growing perception that he simply isn't competent. [...]

The predecessor whom Bush has begun to resemble isn't, as many liberal Democrats seem to believe, Richard Nixon. It's Jimmy Carter. Carter's political demise began when the American people, including many Democrats, started to perceive him as in over his head in the Oval Office. That's what may be happening now to Bush.
The Rovian strategy of "divide and conquer" that has worked so well for the White House in the last five years has finally riven the GOP itself in the face of an increasingly arrogant and disconnected administration that no longer bothers to pretend their loyalty is to anything other than the industrial/military corporate complex.

Guess they never figured the loyal "nutcases" and other useful fools that could be tricked into pushing for every inane policy decision they put forward, would someday wise up. At least not before they could divvy up their spoils and slink out of office -- leaving the next administration to clean up their mess.
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Blogger Kathy said...

Guess they never figured the loyal "nutcases" and other useful fools that could be tricked into pushing for every inane policy decision they put forward, would someday wise up.

The Bush Gang made a serious error - they pillaged the surplus, handed out tax cuts, and spent money like drunken sailors. This put the squeeze on middle America and woke everybody up.

I truly think most Americans are myopic and don't really care what the government does as long as it doesn't hurt them economically. When they start to feel the pinch, they start to pay attention.

12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Libby said...

I don't know if it's disinterest or simply a sense of being powerless to change it and not wanting to expend the effort to try.

True enough, when the old standard of living starts to slip, they get motivated to at least complain.

3:09:00 PM  
Blogger Left of Center said...

Stats show the actual standard of living has been slipping for the last 20 years. That means quality of life, not just weather you have shelter and clothing. The GDP that politicians tout is a terrible way to guage the happiness of a populace. At somepoint even Bush cultists start to wonder if they are not well off and they move off issues like gay marrage.

4:57:00 PM  
Blogger mikevotes said...

It's funny, the words incompetent and competent are being tied to Bush more and more.

Last thursday, I put up a picture where I jokingly linked to a google search for "Bush incompetent." At the time I pointed out that there were 2.2 million hits.

Reading that snip from the Wapo you have up, I went back, and looked again. It's up to 6 mil.

I know the way google works, it's not an exact science, numbers go up and down alot, but a tripling in a four days?

That's alot of people typing about Bush's competence.

Here's the picture and post.


5:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Libby said...

Priceless Mike. You always find the best graphics. Killer post.

9:44:00 PM  

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