Saturday, March 11, 2006
The Slippery Slope Of The "Bush Monarchy"
Could Bush have HAD a worse week? Wait, wait. Don't answer that, because I'm sure he could, and I don't want to see it.
Apologists for the Administration have been told again and again to heed the warning, and to listen to the voices of concern getting louder and louder all around them.
The Apologists have ignored the call.
The Dubai Ports Deal fell through, with many Republicans and Democrats joining together to cast doubt on the deal that the President allegedly knew nothing about until the deal was already complete. The President held firm to the deal, and threatened a veto if Congress took action to block the ports deal. Republicans and Democrats called his bluff. Despite the fact that Dubai called off the deal, Congress has continued to move forward with legislation aimed at creating a Congressional role in future similar decisions.
Republicans are beginning to distance themselves from Bush, out of self-preservation.
Yet another poll shows that Bush is on the wrong track. An AP-Ipsos poll shows that 70% of Americans believe the United States is moving in the wrong direction. A meager 37% of Americans approve of the job Bush is doing. Support among Republicans has dropped another 8% in the last month. By a 47-36 margin, people favor Democrats over Republicans when they are asked who should control Congress.
I maintain my challenge to the Apologists - show me ANY legitimate poll with different numbers. This CANNOT be explained away as simple "liberal bias" in the media.
But Apologists will continue to ignore these results, and the challenge, stating that the polls don't matter.
Well, how about Sandra Day O'Connor (Reagan-appointed Supreme Court Justice) , comparing the current Administration to the beginnings of a dictatorship?
How about Conservative columnist Bruce Bartlett (former Reagan aide), calling the Administration "unconscionable," "irresponsible," "vindictive" and "inept?"
How about Tony Fabrizio, a Republican pollster, who states that Bush "...has no political capital.... Slowly but surely it's been unraveling. There's been a direct correlation between the trajectory of his approval numbers and the -- I don't want to call it disloyalty -- the independence on the part of the Republicans in Congress."
If you don't want to listen to the politicians and pundits inside the Beltway, how about influential types outside the Beltway? Even there, big problems exist.
Take Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and their recent press conference to promote their new tour. Speaking about President Bush's handling of the ongoing Hurricane Katrina cleanup, McGraw said "To me, there's a lot of politics being played and a lot of people trying to put people in bad positions in order to further their agendas.... When you have people dying because they're poor and black or poor and white, or because of whatever they are — if that's a number on a political scale — then that is the most wrong thing. That erases everything that's great about our country."
Faith Hill echoed the frustration of protesters in New Orleans as the President visited, calling the effort "bullshit." She continued, stating "I fear for our country."
This isn't the Dixie Chicks, Apologists (As an aside the Dixie Chick's new album later this year, produced by Rick Rubin, is going to KICK ASS... but I digress...). This is the King and Queen of Country Music. These comments won't be viewed as "un-American or "un-patriotic." Tim and Faith CAN and WILL siphon off support in Red States with the bat of an eye. And if this is how they feel as they begin their nationwide, sold-out-in-minutes concert tour, doesn't that raise ANY kind of red flag for you?
I think it's time for the Apologists for the Administration to finally wake up and realize that sticking fingers in one's ears while repeating a chorus of "I..caaaan't heeeeeeeeear youuuuuuuu...." just doesn't seem to be making the grade.
This is, of course, the slippery slope of the "Bush Monarchy." God willing, sooner or later the people rise up in revolt and chop off his head.
Tags: Bush, poll numbers, approval rating, politics, election, Dubai, ports, UAE, Republicans, O'Connor, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Hurricane Katrina, impeachment
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