As the Bush administration and Republicans on the Hill continue to show us that they haven’t sunk as low as is possible when it comes to political retribution, regressive tax policy and infringements on the constitutional rights of citizens, their poll numbers show no signs that they’ve quite hit their low point yet either.
An AP-Ipsos poll out today shows Bush’s job approval rating at 36%. The AP article announcing these numbers also gives the comparison of 47% approval rating for the President just before the 2004 election, and that still burns me up. How is it possible for the AP to continue to gloss over that glaring inconsistency? There has never been a President reelected whose job approval numbers were below 50%, yet we are still supposed to believe that George W. Bush, a guy who was only given the benefit of the doubt that he could handle the job of President in the first place because people thought he was likable, was able to win the Presidency a second time after a majority of voters realized he was in over his head? What, are we stupid? Call me a sore loser, but I’ll never buy that load of crap no matter how many times they shovel it out.
My big fear with these poll numbers is that Democrats will start to believe them. It’s one thing to recognize that the Republicans are self-destructing, but it’s quite another not to take full advantage of the situation. The failed leadership and failed policy of Republican rule will continue to facilitate their fall, but in order to put them down, if not permanently at least for a very long time, Democrats must return to their roots and provide a vision of this country that appeals to working people who are feeling the pain and want a way out. Most of the country now agrees that Democrats are better, so stop gloating and show us the money!
If Democrats can do what Bush promised to do, unite the country with a common vision of how to stop the slide and start bringing us back up to where we want to be, a leader in education, innovation, production and world stability, the country will be eternally grateful. Our swing to the right is over, but we’d rather swing back facing the other direction, instead of freefalling with our backs to the future. Democrats must open their eyes and see that all eyes are on them, failing now is not an option.