Thursday, September 08, 2005

Half Full, Half Empty

So maybe the people* are waking up?

In a sign of just how severe the damage to the President’s standing caused by Katrina is, the Zogby America survey finds that, despite his re-election last fall, President Bush would lose to every modern president since Jimmy Carter, the one-term Democrat who left office amid record unpopularity and a presidency rated, at the time, dismally. He would also lose to his own father, who left office amid an economic recession triggered, in part, by a devastating hurricane.

But maybe the Democrats are still trapped in a nightmare of their own making:

However, in one of the few bright spots for the President, he would still beat Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry, by a narrow, one-point margin.

Or maybe that just means that the Ohio fix is in for Zogby, too.

*You know "the people," in that Ma Joad, hackneyed but you still have to hope, sometimes, when not realizing you're a sentimental fool who the Dick Cheneys of the world would crush without even scraping you off their boot soles, way: "For a while it looked as though we was beat. Good and beat. Looked like we didn't have nobody in the whole wide world but enemies. [...] Like we was lost and nobody cared. [...] Rich fellas come up an' they die, an' their kids ain't no good, an' they die out. But we keep a-comin'. We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out. They can't lick us. We'll go on forever, Pa, 'cause we're the people."


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