Today's Gallup poll, the last of Bush's presidency (ooohhh... it felt good to type that), showed a bit of a bump in his popularity, which at 34% may allow him to skirt behind Nixon to become only the second-least popular president on his way out the door since modern polling began. Bush probably got a few bonus points for screwing up so badly he made it possible for a young, liberal African-American from Chicago with the middle name "Hussein" to get elected. And for that, I'm grateful.
But that's about it.
That poll shows pretty dramatically that we have become two (or more) countries. Bush's bump came from his support among Republicans, which has risen from 67% to 75%. Think about that. Three out of four Republicans think Bush has actually done a good job. That compares with 28% of independents and only 6% of Democrats.
Bush and Cheney have been on a Rove-orchestrated "legacy" tour of all the major media, trying to convince the country that the worst terrorist attack in US history, torture, secret prisons, two unpopular wars, the loss of a major American city, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, environmental degradation, and global distain -- just to hit on a few highlights -- were all good things. I was going to write something about this, but Jon Stewart and the crew at the Daily Show did a good job of it.