Friday, June 10, 2005

A Perfect Storm?

As the economy lurches along and the war in Iraq stumbles daily, it came as no surprise that Dear Leader's popularity is slipping badly. An AP Ipsos poll has some bad news for the Administration:

About one-third of adults, 35 percent, said they think the country is headed in the right direction, while 43 percent said they approve of the job being done by Bush. Just 41 percent say they support his handling of the war, also a low-water mark.

Congress certainly isn't scoring with Americans either:

Congress gets even lower grades than Bush, a potentially troubling development for those seeking re-election next year.

Only about three in 10 polled said they approve of the job being done by Congress, while 64 percent disapprove.

With the 2006 elections looming, most Congress critters are getting nervous about these numbers, and it is unlikely that the Resident is going to have the easy time during his second term that he had in the first.

But wait, there's more!

Republicans are beginning to worry about the effect Tom DeLay's ethics problems are going to have on the off-year elections:

In what Republican strategists call "the DeLay effect," questions plaguing House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) are starting to hurt his fellow party members, who are facing news coverage of their own trips and use of relatives on their campaign payrolls. Liberal interest groups have begun running advertising in districts where Republicans may be in trouble, trying to tie the incumbents to their leaders' troubles.

The once invulnerable now sense there's trouble brewing. The Democrats actually do have a chance to pull off the improbable, the unthinkable, but only if they use their brains and their spines.

Instead of toadying up to the rich and wealthy, the corporate sponsors, and, yes, the Republican power-brokers, Democrats need to speak out loudly against what has happened to this country and they need to explain in as blunt terms as necessary why it has happened. They need to start the truth-telling now.

The Democrats also need to shut the hell up when it comes to criticism of Howard Dean, the DNC chairman. He has managed to get the press's attention on key issues, he has forced the Republicans to a defensive posture, and he has raised more money in his first several months than his predecessor, all without relying on George Soros and the Hollywood high rollers.

If the Democrats will do this now, there is a very good chance that the party of the people can return the government and the nation to what it was designed to be.

It's time.


Blogger Carole said...

From your mouth to the Goddess' ear!
What truly concerns me is that the crazies in charge will use the plummeting poll numbers to "allow" or "facilitate" another terrorist attack so that those poll numbers will rise again....

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