Josh Marshall poses an interesting question over at Talking Points Memo:
Can you think of any policy decision or action President Bush has taken in his five-plus years in office that didn't enjoy its greatest popularity on day one and then become more or less consistently less popular over time?
Hmm, let's see. The War on Terror. Yup. War in Iraq. Yup. Tax cuts for the rich. Yup. Social Security "reform." Yup. No Child Left Behind education plan. Yup. Medicare prescription drug "reform." Yup. A constitutional amendment barring gay marriage. Yup.
Oh, wait! There is one action for which he has been praised since Day One: The national no-call telephone list. Yippee!
Conversely, has there been any Bush policy decision or action that was unpopular but has grown in popularity?
What to make of this? That Bush, as more and more people are saying, may indeed go down in history as one of the worst presidents ever.
HOW LOW CAN HE GO?
Yikes! Bush has hit a new low with only a 33 percent approval rating in the latest Fox News Poll, which has typically tracked his approval numbers higher than most other public-opinion polls.
The reason: Shrinking support among Republicans.
Bush's slide in the Fox poll has been precipitous. He was at 47 percent this time last year, at 39 percent in mid-March and 36 percent two weeks ago.