Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Concrete Trampoline

Via Atrios, I learned about the most recent poll on the popularity of the Bush administration. It doesn't look good, and as one of the people interviewed in the story said, it's unlikely that the numbers will spring up anytime soon. Hence the concrete trampoline. Ouch.

Here is the gist of the results:

For the first time in the poll, Bush's approval rating has sunk below 40 percent, while the percentage believing the country is heading in the right direction has dipped below 30 percent. In addition, a sizable plurality prefers a Democratic-controlled Congress, and just 29 percent think Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers is qualified to serve on the nation's highest court.

A sizeable plurality prefers a Democratic-controlled Congress? May I remind this plurality that the elections were last November. Or were they? Hmmmm.

The majority of those interviewed also believe that DeLay's and Frist's legal troubles are not politically motivated. I don't know if they asked about Rove's possible chances of getting indicted here. The who's who of the Republican party is beginning to look like a rogue's gallery, isn't it?

So it comes as a bit of a letdown that the Democrats have not taken advantage of the situation, nor appear to plan such a move in the foreseeable future:

But Hart argues that Democrats aren't necessarily responsible for this margin. "It is not that Democrats have done so well," he said. "It is that people are disgusted." McInturff puts it this way: "People are very turned off and unhappy with the state of play in American politics."

Yes, people are very turned off and unhappy. And what are they going to get for that?