Can I ask you commenters a favor? Quit citing poll after poll after poll of Bush’s approval ratings. They suck. They are historically low. I will concede they are probably going to stay that way, barring a miracle. So until they change dramatically, quit citing them.
Why? Because they DO NOT MATTER. This administration CLEARLY does not give two hoots in hell about poll numbers. They have both houses of Congress (and, barring a total disaster, will retain them in 2006), they have the White House, they just rammed through two very conservative Supreme Court Justices, they are filling the State Department and the CIA and every agency with young conservative political appointees, and they are simply having their way with the government and the country.
Bush and Cheney and Rove do not care about the poll numbers. If they did, they would change their behavior and do all sorts of popular little things like the famous Dick Morris triangulation schemes (school uniforms, etc.). But they aren’t, and they won’t.
Why? Because they don’t give a shit about the polls, which is why I really don’t, either.
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Ezra says I am full of it, and that Bush not only uses polls, but does it so carefully that he has me fooled.
Don’t get me wrong- I think they ‘use’ polls. I just don’t think they give a shit what they say. They are going to do what they want to do, and they use the poll as the best way to get what they want. But I am willing to bet that other than losing support in Congress, they would not care if Bush’s approval ratings were in the teens.