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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:59 PM
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American Consensus: We've Stopped Listening to Bush (MoJo)
By Tom Engelhardt
July 16, 2007

Okay, it's another lemon, the second you've bought from the same used-car lotand for $1,000 more than the first. The transmission is a mess; the muffler's clunking; smoke's seeping out of the dashboard; and you've only had it a week. You took it, grudgingly, as a replacement for that beat-up old Camry that only lasted two months, but the salesman assured you it was a winner. No wonder you're driving onto the lot right now. Before you can even complain, the same salesman's there. He's firm. It's not his fault. You must have done something. Nonetheless, he's ready to offer you a great deal. For an extra 2,000 bucks, you can have the rusted-out Honda Prelude right behind him, the one that, as a matter of fact, has just burst into flamesand, he assures you, it's a dandy. It may not look so great today, what with the smoking hood and all, but it's a vehicle for the ages. ~snip~

And everything in the world of opinion polls points to Americans having reached exactly this conclusion about the President and his team. Call it the American consensus. Recent polls indicate that most of the public has simply stopped listening to George W. Bush and other administration figures who have proven incapable of predicting which policy foot will fall where in the next 60 seconds, no less what might happen, based on their acts, in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, or anywhere else.

The polling figures also indicate that there are essentially no Democrats left to be moved from the presidential approval to the disapproval columns; that hardly an "independent" remains on the approval horizon; and that what's always referred to as the President's Republican "base" is delaminating by the week. The latest Harris poll, for instance, has the President's approval ratings at 26% and so in a tie with Richard Nixon's Watergate-worst Harris low; and the Vice President has hit his own new low at 21%; while, in the cumulative average of polls at Pollster.com, Bush's approval rating has dropped under 28%. In the last six weeks, if you check out the long-term arc of such ratings, it looks as if George has taken a nosedive off a disapproval cliff.

The latest Gallup poll has, for the first time, breeched 30% on the twisting, downward road away from presidential approval and has also registered a record high in opposition to Bush's Iraq policy. In addition, only 24% of Gallup's respondents claim to be "satisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time" (27% in the latest Newsweek poll, and a mere 19% in the last NBC/Wall Street Journal poll). Other polls show similar results. ~snip~

http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/tomdispatch/2007/...

Three very well-written pages reminding you of all the stuff you've said, over and over again: Only in Washington (writes Engelhardt) would such a consistent record of woeful failure lead to "stalemate"
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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:03 PM
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1. I'd believe Bush --no wait hear me out!-- because in certain circumstances he's credible
Edited on Mon Jul-16-07 09:03 PM by kenny blankenship
If he said, "This is some damn good coke", I'd be inclined to take his word for it.
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cassiepriam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:06 PM
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2. And brands of beer. Video games.
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DRoseDARs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 03:50 AM
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7. And if it were...
...a can of that "New Coke" abomination? ;)
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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 11:21 AM
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8. That may be good for him, and I respect his choice
but I'll still get my soft-drink mixer for Cuba Libres from a Mexican grocery store.
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Jacobin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:13 PM
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3. And 97 senators vote for Holy Joe's "Let's Blow Up Iran" resolution
The fiction of a representative government in this country is a fucking joke.

ANYONE who would remotely think of giving these fucking idiots any justification for another military adventure should be involuntarily committed.
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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:30 PM
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4. They haven't been right about anything
yet still they act as though they should be believed. For the few who still support them, all I can say is that I hope they get help for their delusional thinking. I think Miss Cleo had a better track record of correctly predicting outcomes than these bozos.
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bigmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:47 PM
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5. Acting like they should be believed is all they have.
And, horrifyingly enough, it's really all they ever had. They start with this, then fill in the blanks (what any sensible person would call "policy) afterwards. They have this wierd, unnatural focus on manufactured confidence and bravado. Unconfronted, it convinces many people.
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Phredicles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:12 AM
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6. Why shouldn't they act like they're to be believed: The media do believe
them. And apparently so does the "opposition party". :banghead:
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