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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

George W. Bush: Approval Numbers Now Worse Than Nixon’s

posted by on November 6 at 10:22 AM

From ThinkProgress:

Bush beats Nixon’s disapproval ratings. Sixty-four percent of Americans disapprove of the job President Bush is doing, and for “the first time in the history of the Gallup Poll, 50% say they ’strongly disapprove’ of the president. Richard Nixon had reached the previous high, 48%, just before an impeachment inquiry was launched in 1974.”

Now is the time for congressional Dems to stop acting like George W. Bush, America’s most loathed president ever, has the country on his side. America hates this president. Fight him, you fucking pussies, fight him.

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They won't. They've "adapted".

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 6, 2007 10:33 AM

Fighting him isn't in the plan. The DLC, DNCC and DNSC are all on the same page with the administration. They won't impeach. They're going to approve his attorney general candidate and they're going to approve his war budget.

The Democratic leadership, both House and Senate, are part of the same power-group as the Republicans. They want to maintain the status quo. It doesn't matter if Jr's approval rating falls to 0% because they're never going to impeach him.

They like his policies. They like his leadership. But more than any of that, they like being in power. There's a great deal of money and jobs hinging on maintaining the status quo and to upset that balance would be worse than actually doing the right thing.

So get out there and vote, folks. Because, you know, every vote counts.

Sort of.

Posted by TacomaRoma | November 6, 2007 10:46 AM

That's right they won't because Americans are very comfortable and don't want to make waves (unless someone cuts in front of them on the Freeway) and start making demands of their Reps in D.C. The Dems are not pussies Dan, it's the voting public that are girlie-men for sitting around not really getting active; too much talking and not enough walking. We should really stop useing female centric perforatives like pussies and girlie-men. As men they have no balls.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | November 6, 2007 10:47 AM

Not gonna happen. Sorry, not yours.

Posted by seattle98104 | November 6, 2007 10:50 AM

I think the real reason they aren't fighting him isn't that they're wimps - it's more crass than that. If they take a strong stance on Iraq, for example, then it ceases to become Bush's failure and becomes theirs. This could make things tougher for them in the 2008 elections, and they don't want that responsibility. (To which, of course, one says: "Then don't run for Congress, because you're a fucking waste. This is your job.")

Posted by tsm | November 6, 2007 10:55 AM

Good lord. How the hell do we break this cycle?

Posted by tlw | November 6, 2007 10:58 AM

Please, god, take a stand. Please.

Posted by Horace | November 6, 2007 11:10 AM

You don't have to tell me. I've been depressed since 2001. It's like most of us look at each other and pretend, not wanting to admit we are living in the land of embarrassment and tyranny. The only people who have benefited from this administration are the very wealthy and the wealthy, upper middle class wannabees. They've made out like bandits with enough dough now to luxuriously carry them and their offspring through whatever may come.

Posted by Bauhaus | November 6, 2007 11:14 AM

Dan you need to run.
We need change.

Posted by Betty | November 6, 2007 11:24 AM

@ 6,

There's only one way: Publicly financed elections--like virtually every other democratic country. The system that we have now is the reason that decent people can't run for office since it can cost millions to tens of millions to run for federal office. What we're left with is just legalized bribery and paybacks.

Posted by Original Andrew | November 6, 2007 11:26 AM

Could you refrain from using "pussy" to signify weakness? As someone with one, I take offense that being female equals being weak. (Oddly, I bet if Congress had more women, it's possible we wouldn't be in this mess, but I digress.) Here are some handy alternatives:

Empty Suits
or just plain ol' Dumbasses.

Posted by please | November 6, 2007 11:27 AM

Since congress will do nothing to stop Bush or the war the folks at The Srtanger should consider joining others who ARE trying to change things. Instead of constant criticism of the peace movement and peace activists maybe you could join them in common efforts next time there is a peace march.

Posted by Kate | November 6, 2007 11:30 AM

I am very disappointed in you Dan. You reffered to the Deomocrats as "pussies". Shouldn't you have called them "scrotums"?


Posted by Busted McCrusty | November 6, 2007 11:33 AM

Sad to say they still seem to have a hard time realizing we need to play hardball and stop wussing out.

Keep those postcards and phone calls to your congressional delegation coming ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 6, 2007 11:33 AM

Congress won't impeach Bush because it just isn't the will of the majority. I'm not sure if it's apathy or just sheer exhaustion, but the nation just doesn't have the balls to do it.

History will look back at us, and wince.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | November 6, 2007 11:54 AM

The Democrats are way too indebted to the system as is to put up a real fight to change it. There are a million things they could do (could have done) to make the system more democratic (which, in theory, would help them), and inevitably it never happens. I'm not saying that we the people shouldn't vote or fight, but we have to brace ourselves for yet another shitty election-night 2008: in any case, if you think our problems are going to be solved with say, even Obama in office (which is never going to happen), you're living in denial. We need a minor revolution, and there's just too much good television on for most of the country to be bothered with that.

Posted by The Gay Recluse | November 6, 2007 11:56 AM

This Andrew agrees with Original Andrew--the motto of Watergate lives, "Follow the Money." Both parties get their campaign cash from the same corporate coffers, and will continue to do what they are told until that changes and the people we can vote for don't have to be slaves to that "$10,000 a day" fundraising system.

There's just not as much profit to be made in "peace" as there is in war, especially if you're an oil baron or a weapons dealer. And yes, that means you, Boeing.

Posted by andy niable | November 6, 2007 12:25 PM

Two words: Nancy Pelosi

Posted by who leads the pussy parade? | November 6, 2007 12:32 PM

How come every poll says that Bush is the worst in history? Then 2 mths later another poll comes out saying the same thing . I thought the approval rating was somewhere around 23%. Now it's gone back up to 50%?

Posted by mike3nssss | November 6, 2007 12:47 PM

@11 - You weak, cowardly, chumpy, wussy, wimpy, empty suited, dumbass loser baby PUSSY - as a rational thinking human, I take offense to your pathetic wah wah wah-ing. Get a fucking life already. Like, yesterday. Seriously.

Posted by Dick | November 6, 2007 1:18 PM

What are we in, eighth grade? @11 is right. Using terms like "pussy" and "girly-man" implies a hatred of women, and is the basis of homophobia.

@20: Grow the fuck up.

Posted by duncan | November 6, 2007 3:01 PM

@21 - Try leading by example.

I was going to call you "pussy" too, but I think "lemming" is a more snug fit for you.

Posted by Dick | November 6, 2007 3:05 PM

The term "pussy" does not imply hatred of women.

From Merriam-Webster online dictionary:

Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural pus·sies
Etymology: short for pussycat
Date: circa 1942
slang : a weak or cowardly man or boy

It has nothing to do with women in any way.

Posted by Busted McCrusty | November 6, 2007 3:49 PM

There is a silver lining to George W. Bush's obnoxious presidency: it kept Gore and Kerry out of the oval office.

Posted by raindrop | November 6, 2007 4:44 PM

And kept us from dealing with real problems and running budget surpluses for the last seven years.

Um, why is that good, @24?

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 6, 2007 4:50 PM


Posted by NapoleonXIV | November 6, 2007 4:52 PM

@ 24:

I'd call that the "brass balls" prize, rather than the "silver lining."

Silver has some intrinsic worth and value.

Posted by Wolf | November 6, 2007 5:09 PM

get the fuck out. bitches, stop whining over the use of pussy.

secondly, it's fucking frightening that our government is INERT and is going to get worse before it gets better.

the whole goddamn thing is captured by business interests, and rich/lawyers will continue to write/pass laws that support their status quo.

i've got no hope in any of the '08 candidates. we are at a ridiculously low point in american history (decline and fall of our economy, international leverage, ability to perpetuate our ridiculously post wwii consumer lifestyles but haven't yet begun to let go of this paradigm and move towards something else.) i look at all the protesting kids, dressing alike and dying to be a part of a greater movement, and i get sick to my stomach because its so much wasted energy and so little meaningful leadership.

wake up, pussies. we are already facing the formation of who will be leading (cause' ain't shit gonna happen in the next year) the country in '08, and i do believe that the actions our leadership takes now is going to determine our place in the world (i'm hoping for more intelligent collaboration and diplomacy and transparency), and what life is like (big brother bush, or the most progressive, high tech, aware society that the human history has produced?).

focus on the real problems, pussies.

Posted by honey | November 6, 2007 5:38 PM

No, the real issue is that we would rather complain than do anything. A grass-roots movement that got significant support could get Bush impeached. If a congressman republican or democrat gets hundreds of letters a day that say "impeach him or we remove you", guess what, he votes to impeach. Is it hard to build that big a movement? Sure but if a bozo like Ron Paul can get 4 mil, anything is possible

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