Thursday, April 20, 2006


(Updated below)

President Bush’s job approval rating slipped this week and stands at a new low of 33 percent approve, down from 36 percent two weeks ago and 39 percent in mid-March. A year ago this time, 47 percent approved and two years ago 50 percent approved (April 2004).

Approval among Republicans is below 70 percent for the first time of Bush’s presidency. Two-thirds (66 percent) approve of Bush’s job performance today, down almost 20 percentage points from this time last year when 84 percent of Republicans approved. Among Democrats, 11 percent approve today, while 14 percent approved last April.

How low can he go? Just wait until $73/barrel oil finishes reverberating through the economy.

Update: If Jason Leopold is right, temperatures in the mid-20s are likely soon:
Just as the news broke Wednesday about Scott McClellan resigning as White House press secretary and Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove shedding some of his policy duties, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald met with the grand jury hearing evidence in the CIA leak case and introduced additional evidence against Rove, attorneys and other US officials close to the investigation said.

The grand jury session in federal court in Washington, DC, sources close to the case said, was the first time this year that Fitzgerald told the jurors that he would soon present them with a list of criminal charges he intends to file against Rove in hopes of having the grand jury return a multi-count indictment against Rove.

In an interview Wednesday, Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, confirmed that Rove remains a "subject" of Fitzgerald's two-year-old probe.

"Mr. Rove is still a subject of the investigation," Luskin said. In a previous interview, Luskin asserted that Rove would not be indicted by Fitzgerald, but he was unwilling to make that prediction again Wednesday.

(If you are too young to understand the relationship between the picture and the story, go here. And come back when you are older.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am older and its an unfortunate image combo you made. 33 1/3 were LONG playing records. You trying to tell us something here?

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It appears that this administration has just given up their efforts to maintain respectable popularity polling results. I'd say now is the time to be most concerned about their actions because they don't care what their constituents think anymore.

Rabid badgers are to be feared most when they are cornered. This won't be known as the last throes of the Shrubbites without extreme care, vigilance and observation.

6:37 AM  
Blogger vermontraccoon said...

Recent moves to re-arrange the deck chairs on the Titanic within the Bush WH remind me of an old Three Stooges routine where the boys are in a leaking dinghy and Moe and Larry are furiously bailing with tin cans and cupped hands. Curly finds a large hand drill in the scuppers and holds it up with a "Eureka!" gesture and says: "OH! A water letter-outer!" and proceeds to drill holes in the bottom. It would be funnier if the rest of us weren't in the boat with them.....

7:35 AM  

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