Things could not be worse for President Bush. Iraq is imploding, he's just been fingered as the Iraq intelligence leaker, and his poll numbers have sunk to even lower lows. Can you say, worst president in U.S. history?
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) has come up with the perfect solution. Earlier in the week he wrote in a NY Times op-ed piece that the United States must give the Iraqis a deadline to form a government or we'll pull our troops. He took that proposal another major step Friday morning. Speaking on Don Imus' radio program, Kerry said, "I really wanted to say, let's give the Iraqis until May 15 to form a functioning government, and give the Bush administration until May 16." Brilliant, just brilliant! If only we could act on this.
The bad news for Bush just keeps piling on. A new AP/Ipsos poll has his approval rating at a new low of 36%. But it gets even uglier. The Bushies have lost their national security edge, which they've heretofore clung to for their political survival. Only 40% approve of his performance on foreign policy and the war on terror, and just 35% approve of his Iraq war handling. Both of these numbers are new lows as well.
"These numbers are scary. We've lost every advantage we've ever had," GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio said.
And if that wasn't enough, the mainstream media is finally starting to do its job, reporting today with prominent front-page stories in both the NY Times and Washington Post that Bush authorized former Cheney chief of staff Scooter Libby to leak parts of a classified pre-war intelligence estimate on Iraq.
Yes, President George "Leak-Hater" Bush, who's boldly declared in the past that, "If there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is and if the person has violated the law, the person will be taken care of...If someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration," is himself the highest leaker in the land. Why are we not surprised?
More lies, more deception, more crimes committed. Every week this dreadful, miserable failure of a president drags down America's honor. Can we really stand 2 1/2 more years of this? Both of Kerry's deadlines deserve some very serious consideration.