According to a poll last week, George W. Bush’s approval rating among African-Americans now stands at 2%. That’s pretty astounding. I don’t think that number could drop any lower unless Bush starts burning crosses on the White House lawn.
Well, to be fair, that poll had a 3.4% margin of error, which means that maybe his popular rating could be as high as 5.4%. Or, that 0% of Black America approves of him, and, I dunno, 1.4% of the black population has risen from the grave to disapprove of him. Or something.
But, there is some good news here for Bush. A 2% approval rating among African-Americans here in the US means that in Bizarro World, 98% of African-Americans approve of his presidency.
But… in Bizarro world, approve means disapprove.
But disapproval is a good thing there!
But to them, good is bad.
And up is down, and right is wrong, and poop tastes delicious.
Strange place, that Bizarro World.
But this poll also tells us that Bush’s approval rating among all racial groups stands at 39%, and only 28% of Americans think that the country is headed in the right direction.
After reading all this, I began to wonder at what point the press will start referring to Bush as “an unpopular president”. I mean, during the corpsegrinder of Vietnam and the humiliation of Watergate, Nixon’s approval got down to about 31%. Does “8 points above Nixon” count as “unpopular”? One would think so.
But then I realized the answer to my own question. The press will begin to refer to Bush as “unpopular” as soon as they feel certain that his numbers are not going to come back up. They know how powerful Bush has been, and they know how ruthless his administration can be to those it considers “enemies.” If a news outlet called Bush “unpopular”, only to see him rise from the ashes, like a really stupid phoenix, then (to continue my bird and fire motif) their goose would be cooked.
So that’s why Bush isn’t referred to as “unpopular”. Fear. And reasonable fear, really. The Bush Boys play for keeps, bringing guns to every knife fight.
We all have this image in our heads of the mythical white knight journalists who protect us from evil, but apart from a few shining moments (which are so special that they are the subject of star-studded movies), this seems to be a bogus. No one’s gonna protect us but us.
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