Thursday, May 18, 2006


Stay the course

Powerline's take on the recent polls.

As we noted here, however, Bush's poll numbers are typical for just about any president at his low ebb. Bush, according to UPI, is currently at 33 percent. Here are the low water marks for presidents from Lyndon Johnson through Bill Clinton:

*Johnson: 35%
*Nixon: 24%
*Ford: 37%
*Carter: 28%
*Reagan: 35%
*Bush I: 29%
*Clinton: 37%

The numbers don't bother me that much, since as it's pointed out, every president has been through this. I've been aware of politics since Nixon'x second term, so I'm old enough to have some prospective. The left's attacks on Bush are to be expected, the only ones that really bother me are from the hard conservative or libertarian side. I'm only concerned that in a rush to "punish" Bush for not governing as they would like, that they end up staying home and handing a victory to the lunatic left by default. Because whatever his faults, I believe he has the primary goals correct. The left calls him a nazi, their standard claim on any republican, the hard right a sellout for being to close to the middle.

It's in the vast middle that his legacy will be decided. He'll neither be pure enough for the right, nor willingly shoot himself to please the left. I'm reasonably sure he'll rebound. Tony Snow's influence will hopefully push him back on focus. There's a long time between here and 2008, and he's been down before, so we'll see.

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