HAS BUSH BECOME THE RODNEY DANGERFIELD OF AMERICAN POLITICS?
The new SUSA polls on presidential approval came out today. Oy! Other than brain-washed Mormons-- I mean, really now, should Utah be a state?? with 2 senators and some representatives? and with a part in electing presidents? be real-- the only states where Bush has a greater approval rating than his disapproval rating are Idaho (home of the Aryan Nation), Wyoming (home of Dick Cheney) and Nebraska. It's tied in Oklahoma. Other than that every single state-- including even the entire Confederacy-- pegs Bush's disapproval rating at 50% or worse.
Republicans who are most afraid of reverse coattails have plenty of reason to be afraid, particularly rubber-stamp Republican incumbents in Montana, Arizona, Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Florida. And in some states Bush has gotten so toxic that Republicans associated with him and his disastrous policies could be absolutely swamped. Colorado, for example has a 62% disapproval rating. Ohio's is 63% and Nevada's and Michigan's is each 65%. But how would you like being a loyal Bush rubber-stamper in states like Connecticut (69%), New Jersey (69%), Delaware (70%), Vermont (70%), Massachusetts (70%), New York (72%) or Rhode Island (74%)? If ever there was a chance to get rid of blithely rubber-stamping reactionary goons like Peter King (NY-03; great job of recruitment, Rahm!), Vito Fossella (NY-13), Sue Kelly (NY-19), John Sweeney (NY-20), John Kuhl (NY-29), Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02; shout out to ole Rahm; shame he was so busy waging war on Christine Cegelis to do anything useful), Mike Ferguson (NJ-07), Rob Simmons (CT-02), Chris Shays (CT-04), Nancy Johnson (CT-05) or, in some ways, most important of all, Joe Lieberman (
THURSDAY EVENING UPDATE: BUSH APPROVAL RATINGS HEADED TOWARDS ZERO
Librul media giant, Fox News, in an attempt to undermine the Dear Leader, has released a new poll today purporting to show that Bush's approval rating has fallen to 33%. They must hate America because they are claiming that "President Bush’s job approval rating slipped this week and stands at a new low of 33 percent approve, down from 36 percent two weeks ago and 39 percent in mid-March." Meanwhile, Ari Berman might be feelin' a momentary twinge of sympathy for horrified Republican candidates in states that Bush threatens to visit.