A defensive President Bush insisted that he was still relevant this morning in a news conference dominated by his bitter complaints about the Democratic Congress.
Asked how he found himself vetoing a children's health insurance bill that had passed Congress with bipartisan support, Bush insisted that using a veto is "one way to ensure I am relevant."
When a reporter followed up and asked Bush if he felt he was losing leverage and relevance, Bush replied: "I've never felt more engaged and more capable of getting the American people to realize there's a lot of unfinished business."
You have to admit: Bush is quite capable of reminding Americans that there's a lot of unfinished business. For instance, there's the reconstruction of Afghanistan. And the reconstruction of Iraq. And the reconstruction of New Orleans. And there's even that little unfinished business of catching Osama bin Laden.
With two ongoing, unwon wars, a great American city in shambles, and the greatest mass murderer of Americans still on the loose, it's hard for Americans to look at the squinty, twitchy, garble mouthed bafoon who is our President and not realize there's unfinished business.
And that unfinished business is: ending this catastrophy known as the Bush Administration.
Americans really want to wrap this mess up.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Deepening unhappiness with President George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress soured the mood of Americans and sent Bush's approval rating to another record low this month, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.
The Reuters/Zogby Index, which measures the mood of the country, also fell from 98.8 to 96 -- the second consecutive month it has dropped. The number of Americans who believe the country is on the wrong track jumped four points to 66 percent.
Bush's job approval rating fell to 24 percent from last month's record low for a Zogby poll of 29 percent…
Twenty four percent???
Jesus Christ, Bill Clinton's approval ratings were in the high sixties while he was being impeached.
Americans hate this guy.
He's an unmitigated disaster, who no one likes or respects, and with a 24% approval rating and his presidential legacy circling him like a buzzard, this loser thinks its a good idea to veto government funding to help working Americans provide health care for their children.
He's vetoing a bill because he wants American couples to spend more money to insure their kids.
Why aren't Democrats stomping on this American cockroach?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in a determinedly good mood when she sat down to lunch with reporters yesterday. She entered the room beaming and, over the course of an hour, smiled no fewer than 31 times and got off at least 23 laughs.
But her spirits soured instantly when somebody asked about the anger of the Democratic "base" over her failure to end the war in Iraq.
"Look," she said, the chicken breast on her plate untouched. "I had, for five months, people sitting outside my home, going into my garden in San Francisco, angering neighbors, hanging their clothes from trees, building all kinds of things -- Buddhas? I don't know what they were -- couches, sofas, chairs, permanent living facilities on my front sidewalk."
Unsmilingly, she continued: "If they were poor and they were sleeping on my sidewalk, they would be arrested for loitering, but because they have 'Impeach Bush' across their chest, it's the First Amendment…"
"We have to make responsible decisions in the Congress that are not driven by the dissatisfaction of anybody who wants the war to end tomorrow," Pelosi told the gathering at the Sofitel, arranged by the Christian Science Monitor. Though crediting activists for their "passion," Pelosi called it "a waste of time" for them to target Democrats. "They are advocates," she said. "We are leaders."
Oh, that's why.
Because our representatives in The People's House are confused about our form of government. They seem to think that we send them to Washington, provide them with generous salaries and benefits, and the best socialized health care tax payer money can buy so that they can decide what's best for us. When, actually, we send them there to be advocates on our behalf.
So, Nancy, how's that leading thing working out for you?
A paltry 11 percent gave Congress a positive grade, tying last month's record low…
"Americans are still feeling good about a number of things in their lives, but not about the government's leadership," Zogby said. "They are giving up on this government."
Americans already have one decider, Nancy, and we hate him. We're not looking for a new one. We're looking for someone to make the responsible decision and represent the well considered desires of seventy percent of Americans.
If that's distasteful to you, get out of the People's House of Representatives.