Here's a suggestion to Reid and Pelosi: Forget about the $100 billion spending bill for a moment. Take $1.25 out of petty cash and let Bush play with these while the grownups work on cleaning up his mess
Here's an astonishing statistic that perfectly captures Junior's progress over the last 48 months:
Tuesday's developments came exactly four years after Bush's speech on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln decorated with a huge "Mission Accomplished" banner. At the time, Bush's approval rating was 63 percent, with the public's disapproval at 34 percent.
Four years later, only 35 percent of the public approves of the job the president is doing, while 62 percent disapprove, according to an April 2-4 poll from AP-Ipsos.
From 63/34 approval/disapproval to 35/62 approval/disapproval. Now that's some serious flip-flopping.
Actually, truth be told, those numbers don't show Bush moving at all. He hasn't. It's the American people who've moved and left Bush behind.
Here's the spot that Americans United for Change began running at a little after 6pm Eastern time tonight:
Some people think that the tag line--"You can veto a bill. But you can't veto the truth"--is a knockdown punch. I'm not so impressed myself; the line is more impressive the less you actually think about it. If you try to analyze it very closely, on the other hand, it starts to make about as much sense as "You can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish." Your mileage may vary, but that's where it left me.
On the other hand, I definitely like the line "It's the will of one nation versus the stubbornness of one man." It's too long for a bumper sticker but it captures what's going on here. Bush is clearly going to hold his breath till he turns blue, or fall screaming on the floor and take a big frothing bite out of the carpet, rather than admit he was wrong. America, by and large, is coming to understand this, but that behavior can be hard enough to handle when it's coming from a sulking child. When it's coming from a President--who's acting like a sulking child--it's orders of magnitude worse.