Thursday, October 13, 2005

Bush approval ratings down dooby doo down down, comma comma.

For the first time in the poll, Bush’s approval rating has sunk below 40 percent, while the percentage believing the country is heading in the right direction has dipped below 30 percent. In addition, a sizable plurality prefers a Democratic-controlled Congress, and just 29 percent think Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers is qualified to serve on the nation’s highest court.
Link to MSNBC Article

Pat: You know, sometimes...sometimes there's just nothing to say. I mean, I don't really know why 28% think the country is headed in the right direction, and I don't know why 29% think Harriet Miers is qualified to be a Supreme Court justice, and I don't know why "28 percent...say the [Frist insider trading] charge has little merit," and I have no idea how "25 percent think the worst is behind us" on gas prices. At least we now know that one quarter of America will never, ever, ever, ever, ever admit that Republicans have ever done anything wrong. We've found the magic number, and it's kinda shocking that it's so consistent. Which of course means his approval rating still has 10 points to drop before he's done.

Tim: Eh, it's not so bad. It really isn't. Other presidents have gone through worse, and Bush is just having a rough time. Once the Constitution is settled over in Iraq and we can start working on bringing peace to Iraq, and people start forgetting about Katrina, and gas prices drop on lower demand, he'll go back up above 50%. And long-term, it's not so bad. The fact that we have a quarter to a third of the voters so blindly locked to us is wonderful. After 9/11 and before Iraq, we learned that 10% of voters will always oppose the Republicans, so that looks like an advantage for us. So it'll recover. The numbers are eventually on our side.

Pat: Yeah, and once he's balanced the budget, caught bin Laden, won the wars on terror, drugs, poverty, and lame television, secured an honorable peace in Vietnam, once talentless, attractive women longer get free passes to become singers, once the Cubs win the World Series, and once the the Magical Pink Unicorn brigade comes and brings rainbows to America's skies, then yes, his approval rating might go up. But I find it unlikely.

Tim: No, seriously. It'll work out. It always does. Things go up and down, but fundamentally the Republicans have the majority.

Pat: Like hell they do. 9% more Americans want a Democratic congress than a Republican one.

Tim: Yeah, but Congress always has about a 35% approval rating, but yet over a 90% retention rate. Everyone wants a change of government, but just not their guy. And since everyone votes for their guys only, we're pretty safe.

Pat: And what the heck was this quote: And while McInturff thinks that Bush’s approval rating actually may actually hover between 40 and 45 percent, he says that’s still problematic terrain from which to govern. Where on Earth did he get that number for? I haven't seen a poll above 40 in two weeks. Well, Mr. McInturff, I think Bush's approval rating actually may actually [sic] hover between 10 and 15 percent, and that's rather problematic terrain from which to govern indeed.

Tim: Hey, can I play that game, too! I think his approval rating hovers around it doesn't f*cking matter because he can't run for re-election!

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