According to recent Gallup polls, the presidentâ€™s average approval rating is below 30% â€” down from his 90% approval in the wake of 9/11. Mr. Bush has endured relentless attacks from the left while facing abandonment from the right.
This is the price Mr. Bush is paying for trying to work with both Democrats and Republicans. During his 2004 victory speech, the president reached out to voters who supported his opponent, John Kerry, and said, â€œToday, I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent. To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support, and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust.â€
Those bipartisan efforts have been met with crushing resistance from both political parties.
Rejected from the Democrats because thatâ€™s what the Democrats do. Reach out to them, theyâ€™ll break your armâ€¦ as Bush Sr found out. Remember that one? He broke his â€˜no new taxes pledgeâ€™ because the Democrats asked him toâ€¦ which they then used to beat him about the head and shoulders in 1992.
Of course that Clinton, upon winning, largly on the fact that Bush Sr tried to reach out and compromise with the Democrats on taxesâ€¦ then turned around and broke his tax pldge before the echo from his oath of office had died, mattered to the Democrats not at all.
His kid, W, never learned that lesson either as weâ€™ve said here many times.
Rejected from the Republicans, because they HAD learned that lesson. partcularly the rank and fileâ€¦ which is one major reason why even moderate voters rejected McCainâ€¦ that was a lesson he apparently never learned, either.
This needs to be remembered by the next leadership of the party; there is no negotiation with Democrats. None. Both Bush 41 and Bush 43, and to a lesser degree, McCain, have taught us that lesson, one would hope.
Cross-posted from BitsBlog.