Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Bush beginning an upward trend?

Since polling began, it's clear that every President has hit a low point at some time. One of the reasons we have a four year cycle is so that the President can do unpopular things or take political hits without instantly being booted out of office -- something that would make for chaotic political instability. John McIntyre, of RealClearPolitics, thinks that President Bush, having hit his personal bottom and having had time to regroup, is back in play again:

Not recognizing the political ground had shifted beneath their feet, Democrats continued to press forward with their offensive against the President. They’ve now foolishly climbed out on a limb that Rove and Bush have the real potential to chop off. One would think that after the political miscalculations the Democrats made during the 2002 and 2004 campaigns they would not make the same mistake a third time, but it is beginning to look a lot like Charlie Brown and the football again. First, the Democrats still do not grasp that foreign affairs and national security issues are their vulnerabilities, not their strengths. All of the drumbeat about Iraq, spying, and torture that the left thinks is so damaging to the White House are actually positives for the President and Republicans. Apparently, Democrats still have not fully grasped that the public has profound and long-standing concerns about their ability to defend the nation. As long as national security related issues are front page news, the Democrats are operating at a structural political disadvantage. Perhaps the intensity of their left wing base and the overwhelmingly liberal press corps produces a disorientation among Democratic politicians and prevents a more realistic analysis of where the country’s true pulse lies on these issues.
I wouldn't be at all surprised. President Bush has repeatedly used the judo tactic of letting his opponents' own forward momentum trip up that same opponent. Hat tip: Independent Women's Forum