Friday, January 27, 2006


Most Americans: Bush Is A Failure -- And A Liar

Here's a poll that you won't be seeing Bob Schieffer or Brian Williams cite any time soon on the evening TV newscasts:

Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- A majority of Americans said the presidency of George W. Bush has been a failure and that they would be more likely to vote for congressional candidates who oppose him, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll. Fifty-two percent of adults said Bush's administration since 2001 has been a failure, down from 55 percent in October. Fifty- eight percent described his second term as a failure. At the same point in former President Bill Clinton's presidency, 70 percent of those surveyed by Gallup said they considered it a success and 20 percent a failure. [...] The percentage of Americans who called Bush ``honest and trustworthy'' fell 7 percentage points in the last year to 49 percent, the poll found. The new poll also found that 62 percent of Americans said they are ``dissatisfied'' with ``the way things are going'' in the U.S., unchanged from a December survey. The percentage of ``dissatisfied'' Americans reached its peak in October of 2005 when 68 percent of those surveyed agreed.
Okay, Democrats, here's your angle for everything: Whenever Bush opens his mouth on any subject, your Standard Response should be: "He's lied to us on Iraq, he's lied to us on Social Security, he's lied to us on terrorism, he's lied to us on why he's broken the law to wiretap honest American churchgoing Christian Quakers. What makes you think he's telling the truth now?" Repeat early and often. [UPDATE: Welcome, Daou Report readers! Beer is in the fridge over by the couch. Mind the cats and the dog. And while you're here, don't forget to check out the other fine posts in this blog. Thanks for coming!]

Good post. I wish the dems had some backbone. They are soooo worried about appearing partisan, but the repugs don't care, and that's why they're in power.
What's amazing is that the majority of Americans are now whackjobs and traitors.

At least if you live in that piece of the MoFo Zone called Chris Matthews's brain.
This is what I wrote to Mary Landrieu:

What do you think Moon would have said about a child of his who would vote to put a crook and a liar on the Supreme Court while the people of New Orleans are homeless, shell shocked, and hungry for justice?

I believe he would have said that if Democrats will not fight for their family, their friends, and their homes, then no one is going to fight for them.

He would have urged you to join the filibuster of Alito and use the floor time to tell the nation about how George Bush destroyed New Orleans.

Thank you for following the thought all the way through, saying, "...What makes you think that he's telling the truth now?" This has driven me crazy from the start. Many anti-Bushies of various ilk have banged the drum of "He liii-ed!" as if tattling to a teacher. No one seems to finish the thought. Whether or not he lied to get us into Iraq, for example, is a moot point in and of itself: we're there, and we have to deal with that. But the critical point is the second half: if he lied to us then, and again, and again, then how on earth can we believe him now? How can we believe that Iran is actually close to a nuclear weapons program? How can we believe that his spying program only spied on the people who deserved? How can we believe that he likes mountain biking, and isn't just trying to look cool by hanging out with Lance Armstrong? Girls, we know this one: once you catch your man in a lie, just stop listening, because he'll never stop lying.
Look at the mess with the Alito hearings and filibuster. The Democrats are too egocentric and too disorganized to speak with one voice on any issue, and when they try, the best they come up with is the inane, whiney "We can do better." It makes me cringe to see them lose one opportunity after another to change public perceptions. They're disorganized, demoralized, and just plain dumb. They think and act like losers. When Kerry was swiftboated, every major Dem who had served in Vietnam should have struck back, day after day. Pointing out the administration's records in re/ deferments, the Guard service safe at home, etc. It was simple, it was obvious--but it was also brave, and somehow they've become the party of cowards.
I think the compact way to say it is this: when the Bush administration says (and your friend tells you) something dumb like "Bush said that by 2007 the budget will be under control", just say in reply, "These are the same guys who said there was WMD." Or "These are the same guys who said every wiretap has a court order".

Don't try to make it more precise, it gets boring. Example: "In the lead-up to the second Iraq war, the Bush administration said that Saddam Hussein had enough chemical munitions to build 16,000 chemical warheads. Now we know they lied. How can we trust them again?". too tedious. Instead say "these are the same guys with the 16 thousand nerve gas bombs". or "Whatever happened to the 16 thousand chemical warheads?"

People automatically put it together, just by pointing out the lie, that you should not trust the liar again. You don't have to say it. People also put it together if you just mention a familiar topic - WMD means WMD in Iraq. Maybe they wouldn't get the 16,000 warheads reference, so just say WMD.
Lev, there are lots of good people running. A huge number of veterans have decided to run and they need our support.

As the gospels say, let the dead bury the dead. The present Democratic leadership needs to be ignored, and new leadership installed.
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