The Bush Presidency: Color It Blue
How deep are the president's troubles out there is in the reality-based community?
Bush has negative approval ratings in 47 states. Only sparsely populated Idaho, Utah and Wyoming are red. (You know, the states where there are more guns than people.)It gets worse.
In 17 states, Bush's disapproval rating is double his approval rating.Does any of this really matter?
In 15 states, Bush's disapproval rating is lower than any disapproval rating ever achieved by President Nixon nationally.
Nope. We're going to have to live with the sorry bastard for another 18 months.
THE GOP'S FRAGILE GRIP ON POWER
But the real money grafs in the Post's story are these:
The poll offers two cautions for the Democrats, however. One is a growing disaffection with incumbents generally. When asked whether they were inclined to reelect their current representative to Congress or look around for someone new, 55 percent said they were open to someone else, the highest since just before Republicans captured control of Congress in 1994. That suggests that some Democratic incumbents could feel the voters' wrath, although as the party in power Republicans have more at risk.
The second warning for Democrats is that their improved prospects for November appear driven primarily by dissatisfaction with Republicans rather than by positive impressions of their own party. Congressional Democrats are rating only slightly more favorably than congressional Republicans, and 52 percent of those surveyed said the Democrats have not offered a sharp contrast to Bush and the Republicans.
Zachary Roth, a Washington Monthly editor, takes a look at the tactic and the whole issue of investigating the prez here.
A KEYSTONE STATE OF MIND
One of those incumbents is from Chester County in the far Philadelphia suburbs, which until Tuesday had not elected a Democratic state senator in memory and last voted for a Democrat for president in 1964. More here.
Voters booted the top two Republicans in the state Senate from office yesterday in a startling display of anti-incumbent anger over the summer's legislative pay raise.
Senate President Pro Tempore Robert C. Jubelirer (R., Blair) and Majority Leader David J. Brightbill (R., Lebanon) - who together have served 56 years in the Senate - were defeated in two of the most costly legislative races in history. . . .
At least a dozen other incumbents appeared headed toward defeat in what would mark the largest legislative turnover in a primary in more than 30 years.
Jubelirer and Brightbill had set up themselves and their colleagues for defeat by passing a bill giving state legislators -- as big a bunch of do-nothing bozos as I've ever seen -- hefty pay raises and then only rescinding them after an extraordinary public backlash.
Guess the losers will just have to become lobbyists.
The continued appetite for earmarks in an election year reflects pressure from rank-and-file lawmakers in both parties. The practices vary from one bill to the next, but Democrats often get about 30% to 40% of the total dollars, and both sides work with their respective party leaders to steer projects to politically vulnerable members.