Things Can Only Get Better « The Washington Independent
Byron York has one of the most deadpan prose styles on planet Earth, so I can’t tell if he’s being sarcastic when he writes this:
**Things Are Looking Up: **In the last Gallup poll of his presidency, George W. Bush’s job approval rating is 34 percent, with 61 percent disapproval. The 34 percent approval figure is the highest for Bush in a year.
In the final Gallup poll of Bill Clinton’s presidency, his approval rating was 66 percent, with 29 percent disapproval. It was his highest rating in nearly two years, since the height of the impeachment backlash. National Review’s cover story at the time: “Finally! Farewell to the Big Creep.”
But the thing York is really missing is that Bush’s numbers have ticked up, however pathetically, because people realize that they’ll soon be rid of their weak, arrogant, and failed 43rd president. Bush’s upswing is a fraction of the change in people who, post-November 4, think the country is on the “wrong track.” It had been as high as 85 percent, and now it’s around 64 percent. Is it more likely that they’re falling back in love with George W. Bush, or more likely that they’re daydreaming about Barack Obama?