Monday, May 07, 2007

Monday Short Stack


But the big winner of an early Florida primary could be Jeb Bush. The former two-term Republican governor — and the brother of President George W. Bush — is still popular and would be in a position to play kingmaker by endorsing a hopeful. Or, if things get really weird in the GOP race, a kick-off Florida primary might tempt to him to consider a candidacy of his own, which he has thus far eschewed.
I threw up in my mouth a little when I typed this

What’s the point of it all?

“All of us believe that in the next 90 days, you’ll probably see an increase in American casualties…”
Those words, spoken by Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, the commander of the Army’s Task Force Marne, came the same day that 8 more American soldiers were killed in roadside bomb attacks in Iraq.

I don’t think anything more can be said…

Wolf is At Out the Door?

Wonkette is reporting that World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz is leaving his post.

This could be true… or it could be false… we’ll find out sooner or later.

Polling Data

“President” Bush’s approval rating has fallen to 28% according to a Newsweek Poll released this past weekend, giving him an all-time low for that survey.

Nearly two out of three Americans, or 62% for you number-lovers out there, think Bush's recent actions about Iraq show that he is “stubborn and unwilling to admit his mistakes.”

I’m not sure what’s more disheartening about that… that 62% of the country think our current president is a putz or that it took these people that long to figure it out.

The last president to be this wildly unpopular was Jimmy Carter who also scored a 28% approval in 1979.

There is also support in the poll that Bush's unpopularity is also casting a pall over the republican odds at keeping the White House in 2008 with Democratic front-runners leading potential republican contenders across the board, which leads us to…

More Polling Data

In the same poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International that gave us the above-mentioned approval numbers, the Democrats are enjoying a nice lead in the 2008 race.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) fared the best against all the lead republicans, besting supposed gop front-runner Rudy Giuliani 50% to 43%, topping Sen. John McCain 52% to 39%, and Gov. Mitt Romney 58% to 29%.

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-IL AR NY) topped Giuliani 49% to 46%, McCain 50% to 44% and Romney 57% to 35%.

Sen. John Edwards (D-SC) topped Giuliani by 6 points, McCain by 10 and Romney by 37 points.

Granted, it’s still obscenely early to get your hopes up with this news, but it should be cause for some guarded optimism… let’s pray that this trend continues…

We have how many more years of this?

“President” Bush is a worse president than Herbert Hoover ever was.

You want proof? How about the worst job creation record since the Hoover Administration…
A growing economy should be good news for those seeking jobs. But over the course of President Bush's term in office, his Administration has the worst overall job creation record since Herbert Hoover more than 70 years ago.

Overall non-farm payroll employment has increased by just 5.2 million since President Bush took office in January 2001 compared with 22.7 million during the Clinton presidency. Overall employment growth has averaged just 70,000 per month under President Bush - much lower than the approximately 150,000 jobs needed each month to keep up with population growth. It was not uncommon to see monthly job gains of 300,000 and even 400,000 during economic expansions under previous Administrations.

Private sector job creation has been especially poor during the Bush presidency, with an average annual job growth rate of only 0.5 percent per year since 2001. Just 3.8 million private sector jobs have been created during the Bush presidency, compared with over 20 million private sector jobs during the Clinton presidency.

The manufacturing sector, often the source of jobs with good pay and benefits, has lost three million jobs since the start of the Bush Administration. Nearly half of the jobs created since 2001 were part-time and freelance positions without benefits. This slow pace of private sector job creation is particularly troubling given that we are so far into the economic recovery.
There ya go, more ammo to declare him: Worst. President. EVAH!

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