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Friday, March 31, 2006

Bush Numbers Migrate Down

Time's reporting that Bush is now polling at 37% approval - what they say is a 'new low'. And this is despite the fact that his guest worker proposal to stem illegal immigration is wildly popular. 79% favor a program that allows workers to enter the US on a temporary basis.

Why doesn't the popularity of his proposal rub off on his approval? People judge you by the company you keep. House republicans, led by Rep. James Sensenbrenner, back a plan that makes illegal immigrants felons and subject to imprisonment. Not surprisingly, the idea of forcing illegal immigrants to stay in the US on the public dime isn't extremely popular - this bad idea gets 47% approval. And that's still 10% more popular than the president himself.

Of course, he's as bogged down in Iraq as the military - forever linked at the hip with his misadventure abroad. But it's becoming more and more clear that the right is either crazy or corrupt and Bush, as much to his misfortune as it will be to his followers in November, has placed himself at the head of a short-lived red state revolution.

And right wing revolutions have the life span of sand fleas - ask Newt Gingrich.

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