A New Low

From USA Today —

In the USAToday/Gallup telephone survey of 1,024 adults Friday through Sunday: 

President Bush reached an unwelcome record. By 64%-31%, Americans disapprove of the job he is doing. For the first time in the history of the Gallup Poll, 50% say they “strongly disapprove” of the president. Richard Nixon had reached the previous high, 48%, just before an impeachment inquiry was launched in 1974.

  2 comments for “A New Low

  1. Aunt Millie
    November 6, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    It’s time to recall Kung Fu Monkey’s post defining the Crazy Base

    John: Hey, Bush is now at 37% approval. I feel much less like Kevin McCarthy screaming in traffic. But I wonder what his base is —

    Tyrone: 27%.

    John: … you said that immediately, and with some authority.

    Tyrone: Obama vs. Alan Keyes. Keyes was from out of state, so you can eliminate any established political base; both candidates were black, so you can factor out racism; and Keyes was plainly, obviously, completely crazy. Batshit crazy. Head-trauma crazy. But 27% of the population of Illinois voted for him. They put party identification, personal prejudice, whatever ahead of rational judgment. Hell, even like 5% of Democrats voted for him. That’s crazy behaviour. I think you have to assume a 27% Crazification Factor in any population.

    We’ve now seen the epitome of movement Republicans running the government for long periods of time. They don’t believe in government, so they deliberately sabotage it and sell parts to their cronies.

    They have family values, but they borrowed them from the Soprano family.

    The American electorate may be slow, but it’s not stupid. We’ve seen what people like Bush, Giuliani, Kerik, and Carona bring us, and we’re just sick to our stomachs.

  2. November 6, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    Crazy base in most districts is about 30%. Hard to explain to most candidates that there are 30% of voters who will NEVER, EVER vote for them, and campaign resources should not be wasted reminding those folks that there is an upcoming election. They always want to focus on winning over these folks and feeling loved among their own base.
    30% on either end means you have to convince 25% of the middle 40 in order to win.

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