Friday, February 24, 2006

War President

So much for that...

From a political perspective, President Bush's national security credentials have clearly been tarnished due to the outcry over this issue. For the first time ever, Americans have a slight preference for Democrats in Congress over the President on national security issues. Forty-three percent (43%) say they trust the Democrats more on this issue today while 41% prefer the President.

The preference for the opposition party is small, but the fact that Democrats are even competitive on the national security front is startling. In Election 2002, the President guided his party to regain control of the Senate based almost exclusively on the national security issue. On Election Day that year, just 23% rated the economy as good or excellent, but the President's Party still emerged victorious.

The only thing "startling" about this finding is that it took so long for Americans to figure out that Democrats have been trying to put together a real national security stance, while Mr. Bush was merely posing and throwing out his chest. John Kerry and Chuck Schumer have been trying to get Bush to focus on the lack of security at America's ports for years.


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