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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Right On Cue
Posted by Jill | 7:06 AM

In the days before the 9/11 attacks, George W. Bush's approval ratings were hovering around 45%, and many people were writing off his presidency already. The 9/11/01 attacks were the best thing that could have happened to this most inept of presidents. It was big, it was dramatic, it united Americans in common cause, and it made everyone forget what a moron they'd been stuck with.

Since the start of the Iraq war, every time Bush's approval ratings have started to hover around the critical 50% mark, there's been yet another terror attack warning, with no change in Tom Ridge's silly "color alerts". But usually it does the trick. People are reminded that only Big Daddy Bush can keep them safe, and he continues to wage a disastrous war, raid the treasury, and put future generations in the hole in perpetuity while Americans are trembling in a fetal position in the corner.

These days, Bush's approval ratings range between 46 and 52 percent hardly the "mandate" he likes to boast that he has (unless he's referring to....oh, no, I'm not going to do that this time...). If you figure that there's a hard-core 30% who would support Bush even if he was revealed to be the Antichrist, was having sex with hundreds of small boys, and shot 150 children to death in a drunken rampage, these are hardly results to write home about.

The Gannonguckert story won't go away, and even major news outlets are starting to pick it up. USANext's anti-AARP tactics have hit the national news, and the two men pictured in the ad are considering filing suit for using their image without their consent. 115 people were killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq yesterday. The reverse Robin Hood scam that is Bush's Social Security plan is losing more support across the board every day. AND, it's starting to look like Democrats have a shot at taking the House of Representatives in 2006, which would mean an end to the free pass for this most corrupt Administration in my lifetime.

In short, it's not good times for C-Plus Caligula.

So, just as last time, we have the confluence of two factors that should make us all vigilant:

1) The attorney general is focused like a laser beam on pornography and prostitution.

2) Right on cue, the CIA is announcing that the deputy Osama Bin Laden (remember him? Bush doesn't) is trying to enlist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi to plan attacks in the United States. As with all the other warnings we've received over the last three-plus years, these warnings are called "credible but not specific". What this means is "Don't forget that the boogeyman is still out there and he's gonna getcha unless you fall in line and worship Our Lord Jesus W. Bush."

And what's worse is that Americans are going to fall for it. Just as they always do.
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