Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Wednesday, September 03, 2003
This poll from last week - more results at Pollwatch - seems to show opinion moving strongly against Bush on Iraq. (It was taken 8/26 - 8/28, just before the Najaf bombing.) A majority continue to say that things are going well rather than badly. But it's now a very narrow majority (51% - 47%) where it was once large (60% - 36%). On whether the results of the war were worth it, there is now an exactly even split. A large majority opposes the current policy of denying the UN a significant role in creating a new Iraqi government. Most striking, a whopping 80% feels the administration has 'hidden some things' or 'been mostly lying' about Iraq.
Bush's main political asset has been his reputation, profoundly unearned, for truthfulness and ability to protect the country's security. If he is starting to lose that, he can become extremely vulnerable.