The Least Popular President Ever?

Georgehungry
I love to be able to say, "I told you so." But then, who doesn’t? Of course, this particular pleasure comes at great expense to our prestige and reputation, so I can take no real pleasure from the eminent collapse of the Bush Administration (well, ok, I do get a little kick from this liberal dose of Schaudenfruede).

Upon Bush’s second inauguration, I predicted that like those of so many Presidents before him, Bush’s second term would be disasterous and unproductive. The signs were already manifest to anyone willing to see them. I predicted that Social Security ‘reform’, and likely any other major Bush initiatives, would die a quiet and unlamented death, and that Bush’s approval rating would end up in the low thirties, possibly even lower than any second term President in history. Bush’s approval now stands at 36% with the GOP Congress at a mere 30%. This before the news that Libby alleged that Bush approved the outing of Valerie Plame has a chance to affect public opinion – though informal polling I’ve seen indicates that some 80% of respondants expected Bush to be behind the leak. I fully expect Bush to drop permanently below 35% over the next month.

The possibility is growing that the Bush Administration will collapse, like that of Nixon, and he will be forced from office prior to the end of his second term if control of Congress changes parties. Howard Dean has surprisingly failed to lower expectations for the 2006 midterms, boldly predicting that Democrats would retake Congress. I believe that has become a realistic possibility. The Democrats don’t even need to work to nationalize the election, the work is being done for them and the ‘throw the bums out’ mood is quietly growing. If Democrats capture the House and/or the Senate this year, and maybe even if they don’t, there will be articles of impeachment introduced in 2007.

The sheer number of the scandals, and the depth of the corruption, is becoming too much for the public to tolerate. The Bush Administration will not ever be able to recover from their current abject position; the only question to my mind is whether they manage to hang on for a full second term. The Administration will become increasingly irrelevant and paralyzed, and Bush will become the most despised President in modern history, easily eclipsing even Nixon’s odiousness.

What will the Administration do, faced with the utter collapse of their mandate to rule? The second term will become a salvage operation for the GOP strategists. Should Congress go Democrat and the President be forced from office, I don’t think we would see a repeat of the Ford succession. Instead, I think that the GOP would try to manipulate the selection to best effect. I feel sure that the GOP would avoid the mistake of resting their hopes for a pardon and their hopes of the Presidency in 2008 in a single vessel as was done with Ford. Instead, both the President and Vice-President would resign and the Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert would become the GOP’s caretaker President (providing he is able to remain Speaker – the Speaker could well be a Democrat by then), whereupon he would pardon former Administration figures and decline to run himself. The GOP’s (i.e. Rove’s) succession plan to install McCain in 2008 would procede without placing their chosen inheritor under the onus of pardoning a bunch of war criminals.

If the Democrats control the House by the time Bush is ousted, Cheney would resign first and Bush would name his successor and resign himself. If the Democrats also control the Senate by that time, the confirmation of the new Vice-President could become a very contentious issue. The Democrats wouldn’t want to confirm anyone likely to issue blanket pardons and any number of surprising deals could result.

So when people want a reason to turn out and vote Democratic this year, remind them that a Democratic Congress will prevent the Administration from unilaterally aranging the Presidential succession when Bush throws the double victory signs and flies off into exile on Marine One.

0 responses to “The Least Popular President Ever?

  1. Thank you for the advise; I must admit that the cap key is hit by my left hand at times and I just carry it forward when I don’t mean to.
    Blogging is a form of quiet personal and informed speech, and I respect your viewpoint.

  2. Dwight – friendly advice: stop using all caps. You look like a lunatic. The quotes in the middle of your own statement aren’t helping either.

  3. Let me be quite clear; The Demonstrations seen in the streets across America and in Phoenix are run by “THE WHITE HOUSE.” They do not reflect The AFL-CIO stand on jobs or anything that Ceasar Chavez fought for.

    Continued “DIRTY TRICKS ARE TRICKING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!”

    Did anyone hear Harry Reid say; that we need the Illegalls to Mmake the beds and clean the grease traps in the MGM GRAND in LAS VEGAS his home State? Harry Reid Knowingly supports Illegalls in The Hotels on the strip and is on the take of the MOB Bosses and Corrupt Business Moguls. This guy speaks for the Democratic Party?

  4. Congress needs to “STOP TAKING HOLIDAYS AND VACATIONS,” and get the job done!

    Iam sick and tired of reading about this bill or that bill ,or this issue or that issue sitting around on someones desk until right before time to leave on “SPRING BREAK!” Then all of a sudden a “GANG” comes together and the bill passes!

    My Campaign, since filing with the F.E.C. in APRIL of 2004, has been focused on “Changing out the Congress” because everyone has become to comfortable in their jobs! The Congress is voted on every (2) two years for a reason and I do not think any one who serves in Congress should be their for a LIFETIME APPOINTMENT,and to get rid of DISTRICTS THAT FAVOR THIS GUY OR THAT PARTY RENDERING THE OTHER HALF OF THE DISTRICT POWERLESS!

    DUMP McCAIN FEINGOLD CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM!
    We have all seen what McCain would do to get his name on something;”HE WILL SELL HIS SOUL!”
    This guy has some serious problems to deal with personally and should not be in public office.
    Current Campaign Finance Laws do nothing but keep Candidates like Francine and myself and Jeff Latas from competing with Big Business and The Big Media whom gets the money and the cycle repeats itself!

    I have targeted Border Security and Enforcing The Rule Of Law, like it or not and if not change it but don’t violate it!

    Congressional District 8 was lucky Jim Kolbe decided that I was right and left town, as did Tom Delay,but what you are seeing is they are in secure Districts with new Candidates running. That puts a new wrinkle on the table, it now comes down to “PARTY PLATFORMS!” What Republican trusts the Democratic Party Platform,and visa- versa?

    The Democratic Party needs to put forth a “CONTRACT WITH AMERICA,” that got us into this mess in the first place, because “WE HAD NO PLAN!” Every Democratic Congressional Candidate should use as talking points the same talking points on THE ISSUES. We need to get past President Bush and start talking about what WE ARE GOING TO DO FOR THE PEOPLE!

    This Country is in a “HELL OF A MESS ON ALL FRONTS; JOBS AND WAGES;SECURITY;HEALTHCARE;THE NATIONAL DEBT;INTERST RATES THAT KEEP GOING UP WITH NO END IN SIGHT;UNCONTROLLED IMMIGRATION;DRUGS SMUGGLED IN FROM MEXICO;A HUGE DIVIDE BETWEEN THE RICH AND POOR NOT SEEN SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION;AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON ALL FRONTS OUT OF CONTROL!”

    THE STATES ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GET USE TO DOING THINGS ON THEIR OWN AND GET ON WITH IT!

  5. Reflecting on what happened with Richard Nixon throwing “double Victory Signs” then flying off in Marine One,I remember that moment and also the fact that Nixon put the Nation before himself and did not go through an impeachment as many ,including Henery Kissinger, told him ,as revealed in the tapes, he did”NOT HAVE TO RESIGN AND COULD BEAT THE IMPEACHMENT!” Yet Nixon did not want to put the Country through that and “CHANGED COURSE!”

    When have you ever seen President Bush “CHANGE COURSE AND FIRE ANYONE EXCEPT MICHAEL BROWN!?”

    This guy is not going to just walk away as did Nixon!

    As far as Cheney don’t count him out as just walking away either! He is under heavy security guards now and runing in and out of tents to keep from the public eye and spends most of his time at Canyon Ranch here in Tucson. If he can move in and out of Tucson with-out Mike knowing it think what he is capable of,as you have seen he is the one running The White House in the first place!

    My guess is Cheney will resign and a new Vice President will emerge as did Spiro Agnew, and Nelson Rockefeller was appointed. But then we get into a time crunch where the impeachment of The President runs into the Election Cycle of 2007-08.
    I realize the facts are “THE PRESIDENT LIED,” and should be impeached, but Bill Clinton LIED and also was impeached and did not leave office. I realize his LIE was different in nature but “WE AS A NATION MUST BE READY TO PHYSICALLY THROW PRESIDENT BUSH OUT OF OFFICE AND REMOVE HIM,” through the Rule of Congress. We have not crossed that bridge recently with any President while at WAR!