A Historic Moment, Of A Sort
More people disapprove of George Bush today than disapproved of Richard Nixon when he resigned from the presidency:
A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Thursday indicates that 71 percent of the American public disapprove of how Bush is handling his job as president.
“No president has ever had a higher disapproval rating in any CNN or Gallup Poll; in fact, this is the first time that any president’s disapproval rating has cracked the 70 percent mark,” said Keating Holland, CNN’s polling director.
“Bush’s approval rating, which stands at 28 percent in our new poll, remains better than the all-time lows set by Harry Truman and Richard Nixon [22 percent and 24 percent, respectively], but even those two presidents never got a disapproval rating in the 70s,” Holland said.
You know, these days I hardly think of George Bush at all, positively or negatively. He seems so painfully superfluous at this point, and it’s manifestly clear that he’s planning to dump any really tough decisions about anything onto his successor. Short of attacking Iran, which he still might do in a fit of truculent pique, there’s not a whole lot more he can do to make things worse, and not much he’s willing to do to make things better. Maybe he’ll try to inject himself into the election, but with a 71 percent disapproval rating I can’t imagine McCain wants too much love from the man.
So he’ll just sit there and marinate until January, which is just fine with me. Frankly, at this point, the less he intrudes on my consciousness the happier I am. I disapprove of the job he’s done as president, but more than that I just don’t want to have to think about him ever again. I wonder, if they had that as a question on a poll, what sort of percentage would be for it. I think maybe more than 71 percent.