Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Afraid to be Right

From the latest Washington Post poll:

...47 percent in the latest poll say they "strongly" disapprove of Bush's handling of the presidency -- more than double the 20 percent who strongly approve. It marked the second straight month that the proportion of Americans intensely critical of the president was larger than his overall job approval rating. In comparison, the percentage who strongly disapproved of President Bill Clinton on that measure never exceeded 33 percent in Post-ABC News polls.

...more than four in 10 Americans -- 45 percent -- favor censuring or formally reprimanding Bush for authorizing wiretaps of telephone calls and e-mails of terrorism suspects without court permission.

A majority of registered voters, 55 percent, say they plan to vote for the Democratic candidate in their House district, while 40 percent support the Republican candidate. That is the largest share of the electorate favoring Democrats in Post-ABC polls since the mid-1980s.

So, the Republicans have no issue going for them and are at historically low levels of popularity, and half the country strongly disapproves of Bush's performance and wants him to be censured for ordering warrantless wiretapping of US citizens... but the Democrats are running from Senator Feingold's censure resolution faster than if he had proposed reparations for African-Americans. Who are they afraid of upsetting? The little 20% who strongly back the president?

If it's not proper to censure -- not even impeach, just censure -- the president at this point in history, when is it ever proper to censure the president? Do the democrats stand for anything other than fear-induced paralysis?


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