George W Bush

Heck of a job, G Dubya

And I mean that in the most satiric way

It was a little more than a year ago that a cocky George W Bush crowed that he had "political capital" by virtue of his re-election, and he aimed to spend it. Guess what? His capital is all gone, and his friends in Congress made it harder to declare bankruptcy! Too bad, because this administration is just that — bankrupt. (Not to mention the US Treasury!)

If W were a car, he'd be a lemon for sure. At least then we'd have some recourse, for there are lemon laws. When it comes to politicians, we're pretty much stuck with them. There is, of course, the remedy of impeachment, but no one in their right mind would impeach George W with the Prince of Darkness himself, Dick Cheney, next in line.

Bush job approval rating
Job-approval. Source: Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted by telephone April 6-9, 2006 among 1,027 randomly selected adults nationwide. Margin of sampling error for overall results is plus or minus three percentage points.

By an overwhelming margin of 60% to 38%, Americans now disapprove of the way President Bush is handling his job. For a while he had the straight-talking commander-in-chief thing going for him, but the relentless spinning and hair-splitting and dissembling have undone that image. What we're left with is the image of someone pathetically in over his head, a Pretender to the Presidency as it were.

And it's a scary prospect, another three years of feckless floundering. Every president, lame duck or otherwise, starts to look to his "legacy," and right now it's not a pretty picture. If you look back at W's approval ratings, the high points were the beginnings of hostilities in Afghanistan and Iraq. And that's what is scary, for there is an eerie sense of déjà vu. We hear W talking a good line about using diplomacy to deal with Iran and assertions that the mere idea of military strikes is "wild speculation." But we remember all too well him saying the same thing about Iraq long after we now know he had already decided to go to war there.

It's tempting to be rational: He wouldn't. He couldn't. The military is stretched to the breaking point as it is. The rest of the world would never buy his claims again. Etc. But that would be ignoring reality as much as the Bushies do, for W has never been guided by reason but by what his ideology and the voice of god whispering in his ear tell him to do.

I think we should be afraid. Very afraid.