I have said in the past, and I'll say again - I just don't get it. Why, oh why, do Bush's approval ratings remain SO HIGH? How can there possibly be 38% of the population who thinks he's doing a fine job?
Where do they come from? Do they live under rocks?
Think about Brian Mulroney. Brian wasn't a bad guy. Sure, he was seen as a bit slimy, a little too cozy with the Yankees, he'd stirred up the pot with Constitutional amendments, and he brought in a nasty tax. And ended his second term with 10% approval ratings.
But this pales in comparison to Bush! Readers of our little space here know my litany of charges against Bush. But let's even compare:
Where Mulroney tried to amend the Constitution to make it more inclusive (I voted no for other reasons); Bush wants to amend it to enshrine discrimination.
Where Mulroney was seen as very cozy with business, he hardly compares to Bush's rabid pro-business/oil/Haliburton stance.
While Mulroney took us into the Iraq war, sanctioned by the UN, he at least didn't launch a war on false premises and then lie about it.
True, Murroney introduced the GST, but lived in reality and realized that the only way to erase a deficit was to increase revenue, not enshrine massive tax cuts and create a crushing deficit.
And look at the volatility of the Canadian electorate: In the 1993 election, more than half of all voters changed parties. Every decade or so, our system engages in a massive upheaval. Canadians aren't wedded to parties. Yet in the US, there is a section of the population that would keep voting for Bush even as the country falls apart around him.
That is, unless he got a blowjob. I'll take one for the team.