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06/17/2005: "I'll spend some on loose women and Irish whisky. The rest I'll just squander." --Tug McGraw

... on what he intended to do with a signing bonus. Speaking of squandering....

It certainly appears that, rather than spending that political capital he said he'd earned, President Bush has pretty well squandered it. The CBS story listed notes how Bush's poll numbers are pretty well in the tank:

After his election victory, President Bush said he had earned political capital and he planned to spend it. But six months into his second term, that capital appears to be all but gone.

In a CBS News/New York Times poll out Thursday, more than half the public disapproves of the job he's doing. And it gets worse from there:
  • Only 39 percent approve of his handling of the economy.
  • Only 39 percent approve of his handling of foreign policy.
  • Only 37 percent approve of his handling of the war in Iraq.
  • Only 25 percent approve of his handling of Social Security.
  • Only the campaign against terrorism gets the approval of more than half those questioned.
Oh well, I guess the public is entitled to one blind spot....

Actually, the thought occurs to me that Bush's "political capital" was pretty much nonexistent. I'm not sure that the majority of voters who cast their ballots for the Bush/Cheney ticket really were voting for Bush, as much as they were voting against Sen. Kerry, on the principle that they were going to go with the lesser of two evils (I'd characterize choosing Bush over Kerry as going for the evil of two lessers, myself, but we all know how I feel about The Crawford Village Idiot...). Despite Bush's attempt to characterize it otherwise, that's not much in the way of "political capital" to spend. And you'd think that the Chimp in Chief would begin to realize something, namely that we as a nation didn't put him in office because we're just wild about his policies and his vision of what America should be....

Thanks to Bryan at Why Now? for pointing me in the direction of the CBS News poll...

Len on 06.17.05 @ 06:47 AM CST

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