...and that is for a Republican President, voted in by the right and center-right, to veer towards the left, in order to appease...whom, exactly? To bump up his approval ratings among the 80% of Democrats who hate his guts and would vote for a dead dog before pulling the switch next to a (R) candidate? Well, Dionne claims in the Washington Post that the conservatives are not the problem with Bush's low numbers:
The Post-ABC News poll released this week found the president with a 33 percent approval rating and suffering losses in esteem almost everywhere. Conservatives are by no means his biggest problem.
The middle of the middle is going south on Bush....
Let's look at some of the poll data that Dionne builds his half-baked politcal theorems around:
Are you registered to vote at your present address, or not?
Yes 83% No 17%
-So 20% of the folks polled are most likely unregistered to vote. Nice sample.
A little out of whack, considering that Republicans hold majorities in the executive branch, governerships, both houses of Congress, and local statehouses, wouldn't you think?
Additionally, Dionne blithely fails to notice some of the so-called "conservative" stances taken by those polled:
It's been reported that the National Security Agency has been collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans. Acceptable?
That is a 62%-24% margin for the Bush-CIA national defense agenda, EJ...
If you found out that the NSA had a record of phone numbers that you yourself have called, would that bother you, or not?
A Lot 24%
Wow! That's a pretty "conservative" stance for a poll leaning towards Democratic respondents!
Do you think the United States is or is not doing enough to keep illegal immigrants from coming into this country?
Strongly- Not doing enough - 58%
Strongly - Doing enough - 9%
Wow! According to Harry Reid, close to 60% of us are racists!
Would you support or oppose using National Guard troops to patrol the U.S. border with Mexico?
EJ, read your own paper's miserable poll data - in a poll weighted close to 60% Democratic, with almost 20% of the respondents unregistered, the key issues of the day leaned heavily toward's the Bush Administration's policies.
Dionne is trying to fulfill his own prophecy that the right is moving left, so the left must be right! Sorry, buddy, but you are dreaming and your advice for the President is wishful liberal thinking. Bush, in order to hold the Republican's party control of the House, Senate, and eventually executive branch, must govern as the strong conservative he was elected to be.
Turn off your TV, close that newspaper, and read the actual poll data, Mr. President!
If Bush gets it right, EJ Dionne will be be "left" behind once again...