Newsweek Poll 38% /Craig Crawford Congressional Quarterly

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    Eye of the Storm
    NEWSWEEK Poll suggests the post-Katrina political storm may just be rising. And her ultimate casualty could be President George W. Bush.

    Only 38 percent of Americans approve of the way Bush is doing his job overall, a record-low for this president in the NEWSWEEK poll. (Fifty-five percent of Americans disapprove of his overall job performance.) And only 28 percent of Americans say they are “satisfied with the way things are going” in the country.

    Newsweek
    Live Vote
    Do you approve of President Bush's handling of Katrina's aftermath? * 62360 responses

    Yes
    12%

    No
    86%

    I don't know
    2%




    From Craig Crawford (Congressional Quarterly)

    Hurricane Katrina exposed to the bone what many consider George Bush’s true persona. We’ve seen it all in the past two weeks: his patrician instincts, the seemingly disingenuous posturing and a stubborn refusal to fully take responsibility for what goes wrong.

    The more frantically Bush now tries to compensate for early mistakes, the more serious those initial failings seem.


    Bush could throw a trillion dollars into the Mississippi Basin, dispatch hundreds of spinners to shift the blame — even fly to the region every other day until he is out of office — but to many Americans none of that would undo their first impressions of his above-it-all response to Katrina.

    The president’s handling of this disaster reveals a part of his nature that explains so much more than the arguably preventable extent of Katrina’s unprecedented wreckage. It explains such things as his refusal to back down on Social Security revisions that even his own party leaders don’t want anymore. It explains how the “compassionate conservative” proclamation of his first presidential campaign translated into little of significance, especially for the urban poor. And it explains why he hasn’t gone to one funeral for an American soldier killed in Iraq.

    In short, rising numbers of Americans perceive Bush as someone who thinks he’s always right, who believes his critics are know-nothing wimps, and who considers the little people as mere tools for the rich and powerful to do what he considers right for America. (CQ Weekly, 9/12)

    Stinging analysis
     
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    It appears that the second Bush administration is in danger of collapsing in on itself. The only thing the Republicans have going for themselves at this point politically is that the Democrats appear unable so far to distance themselves from the moveon.org crowd so that they could take advantage of the situation.
     
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    'Although Democrats see opportunity, some of them acknowledge that Katrina's initial impact did not show anyone in Washington in the best light.

    "When you get down to it, [voters] hate everyone right now," said Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Do you blame them? They feel let down."'

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    Out of a tragedy as this, there are those who help and those who complain and point fingers.

    The helpers give of themselves without seeking recognition because that is not their goal.

    The finger-pointers write articles. What sewer this piece come from.
     

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