Rove Flails, Bush Sinks
What did our wartime president reap from attending the G8 Summit and acting “presidential” right after the London bombing? According to this survey taken by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, his overall job rating has slipped. Also, the percentage of people describing him as “honest and straightforward” has reached an all-time low.
A majority thinks Bush will be taking “a wrong step” if he nominates a Supreme Court justice who would overturn Roe vs. Wade, turn the clock back to the 15th century, etc.
Survey respondents disapprove of Bush’s job performance by a 49% to 46% margin. Two months ago the same survey showed a 47-47 tie over Bush’s job performance. Only 41% rated him as “honest and straightforward.” Hey, come on, he didn’t have an affair with an intern — what’s the problem?
The Leaky Karl Rove scandal hadn’t yet exploded into the mainstream media at the time of this survey, which was taken from July 8th through 11th. Hopefully a followup survey will be taken after the excrement has hit the fan.
And speaking of KKK Karl Traitor, the Rightwing Attack Machine is in full spin cycle. Their strategy is equal parts “the best defense is a good offense” and character assassination of anyone who doesn’t toe the line. They’re also hoping and praying — and handwringing and groveling and cowering and raindancing — that the upcoming Supreme Court battle(s) will siphon off some of the media coverage of TreasonGate.
“Republicans should stop holding back and go on the offense: fire enough bullets the other way until the Supreme Court overtakes” events, said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.).
Attacking Joseph Wilson is also part of the wingnut strategy. Apparently it wasn’t enough to put his wife in mortal danger by revealing her as a CIA agent. They won’t feel like they’ve really gotten even with him — for discrediting Bush’s claim about Saddam Hussein trying to buy uranium from Niger — until they’ve destroyed his reputation as well.
And a majority of Americans doesn’t consider Bush “honest and straightforward?” Hmmm…a mystery.