Wednesday, October 8, 2008

the party is over


There are roughly 4000 political appointees in the federal government of which about 1100 require Senate confirmation. When you elect a president, you are electing a political party, including those 4000 political appointees and the people they hire.

Earlier this month, a
CBS News poll had Bush’s approval rating at 22% -- the lowest presidential approval level in ANY poll EVER. That poll had Bush’s disapproval rate at 70% That is the same disapproval rate found by Gallup a few days ago – the highest in its 70-year history. But it isn’t the highest disapproval rate found in any poll. That would be the 74% rate found in a CNN poll during the same polling period.

And check out
this graph:



The percentage of Americans who are satisfied with the way things are going in this country is now in single digits – the lowest in Gallup’s polling history. That is down from around 70% at the end of the Clinton administration.

Why would anyone leave the Republican party in control of the federal government for another four years?

3 comments:

Bill Liddicoet said...

Boy, you really gotta hand it to the Bush family: nobody even comes close to matching their record for going from the heights to the depths of presidential approval. Sure, Carter's approval numbers were lower, but they were never that high to begin with. If ABC's Wide World of Sports were still around, I think they'd have to replace the ski jumper wipeout montage with Bush saying, "This sucker might crater" as the defining portrait of "the agony of defeat."

Gilmoure said...

Will be real interesting to see how Obama (assuming/hoping he wins) will deal with the federal bureaucracy. Granted, there will have to be a quick overhaul of the bank regulators and such but with things in such a tail spin, how long will it be before justice and environmental regulation can be addressed.

dmon said...

@Bill L: I think you've just coined a new verb. Wiping out in spectacular fashion is hereafter known as "to dubya". As in, "big jump, but will he dubya the landing?"