Thursday, March 03, 2005


From the Department of Don't Get Me Started

Yesterday, a friend advised me to end my news blackout and start reading the newspapers again. "It's exactly four months since the election. Time to pick yourself up off the mat. Come on."

She was right. I was the current events equivalent of someone who had been living in his pajamas for four months, unshaven, the windows shuttered, eating a bowl of cheerios for dinner at 5 p.m.

So I finally read the front page of the NYTimes for the first time this year, and what do I find? What do I find?

"New Poll Finds Bush Priorities Are out of Step." Okay, so the plan to privatize social security gets a chilly reception from Americans, especially when the pollster actually explains how it works. But the story goes on to report that
an overwhelming number of Americans say Mr. Bush has no clear plan for getting out of Iraq.
Let me get this straight. On November 2, a narrow majority of Americans vote Bush into a second term, despite disagreeing with him on most domestic policy issues. On March 2, most Americans say the Bush Administration has no plan for Iraq -- something they must have known on Novembver 2, since there have been no significant new developments or new information to change anyone's mind. So that means, some critical mass of American voters chose Bush despite feeling that they disagree with him on most domestic policy issues and feeling that he has no plan to get out of Iraq.

Do we need any further proof that presidential elections are a personal popularity contest?


I suppose this won't help either. Bush brings up Bin Laden in an effort to distract us from everything else, again.
I agree that Iraq and Social Security are two big issues, but they weren't the only issues. Most polls I have seen still show a close to 50/50 split on whether or not the war in Iraq was the right thing to do. I suppose you could think it was the right thing, but at the same time acknowledge that there isn't a clear plan to get out. One could also argue that Kerry had no clear plan either.

I believe this NYT poll also oversampled Dems by about 8 percent over Repubs, though on Nov. 2, their percentages were even. That might account for something.
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