His own party lets him twist over Iraq. Next to prior Presidents including Nixon, Bush
President Bush sucks.
Congressional QuarterlyAnd all this still fourteen months before the election.
President Bush’s success rating in the Democratic-controlled House has fallen this year to a half-century low, and he prevailed on only 14 percent of the 76 roll call votes on which he took a clear position.
The previous low for any president was in 1995, when Bill Clinton won just 26 percent of the time during the first year after Republicans took control of the House. If Bush’s score holds through the end of the year, he will have the lowest success rating in either chamber for any president since Congressional Quarterly began analyzing votes in 1953.
A study of House and Senate floor votes, compiled by CQ over the August recess, also showed that House Democrats have backed Bush’s legislative positions this year only 6 percent of the time, making for the strongest opposition from either party against a president in the 54 years CQ has kept score.
Although any president can count on a certain amount of discontent from the opposing party — especially one that controls Congress — Bush’s low success rating and his low support scores among House Democrats are a direct result of disagreements with him over the Iraq War and spending priorities, according to a review of votes.
By comparison, House Democrats supported President Richard Nixon 46 percent of the time in 1974, the year he resigned. Nixon prevailed on votes 68 percent of the time that year, despite the Watergate fallout. And House Republican support for President Lyndon B. Johnson stood at 51 percent in 1968, during the height of the Vietnam War. Johnson succeeded 84 percent of the time on votes that year.
Bush’s flagging success resulted partially from Republicans parting company with him. House Republicans have supported Bush on the floor an average of 74 percent of the time this year, while Senate Republicans have supported him 81 percent of the time. Both scores are the lowest of his presidency.
Similarly, Republicans have been less unified than in the recent past on votes that feature a majority of one party facing off against a majority of the other. In the House so far this year, 526 of the 839 roll call votes have met that definition. The same is true for the Senate, where the parties have divided on 193 votes out of 310 cast.
House Republican unity this year has ebbed to 85 percent, and Senate GOP unity slumped to 81 percent. Both averages are the lowest since 1994.
That has come as the majority Democrats became more unified. The average House Democratic unity score of 91 percent matches the high-water mark that Republicans scored three times: in 1995, 2001 and 2003.
*whistles a happy song*
I so love to watch Republicans trample each other running away from President Bush. It's our job to make sure each of them gets tagged with a big iconic label:
George Bush RepublicanRepublicans are voting for survival, not changed beliefs.
Supports the war in Iraq. Stole from your kids and grandkids; gave it to the rich for campaign contributions.
Votes against veteran rights, against social security, against the elderly. Anti-choice, against immigrants.
Based on his hatred towards illegal aliens and homophobia, may well be an in-the-closet gay who is either Hispanic or has a Hispanic lover down-low. A strong, tight, hard-body Hispanic lover who knows how to fence him in, make him respect his borders, and only come over when given permission.
He claims to love Jesus but doesn't support the poor, the homeless, and votes against teachers and education.
When his country needed him "never got around to the military." His son is at Duke Law, his daughter in the Yale MBA school. Believes the Iraq War is winnable. Really.
Democratic candidates: Want to win? Nail a photo of George W Bush to Republicans with a dart gun. When they falls asleep, tattoo GWB on his forehead. They were BFFs while they were happily killing constituents in Iraq with no one holding them to account. Now that an election is coming up the Republicans are running for cover. Don't give them any. Hold them to account.
Best Friends Forever.