WAPO CONTINUES ASSAULT ON PRESIDENT BUSH
There are issues for which President Bush and his administration are appropriately vulnerable and for which constructive criticism is appropriate: illegal immigration and porous borders; the post-invasion conduct of the war in Iraq; excessive federal spending and the president's failure to ever use his veto powers to reign it in; and, to be sure, the poorly-coordinated FEMA response following Hurricane Katrina.
I have voted for George W. Bush twice and I have been a registered Reupblican all my adult life; but, I have not been remiss, nor have many other conservative bloggers like me, in taking the president and his administration to task when it has been warranted (and contrary to the ridiculous claims of left-wing Democrats that we suffer from a "my president right or wrong" myopia).
But integrity? Hardly. Isn't an issue at all with President Bush -- whatsoever! As he committed to in his presidential campaigns, he has restored dignity and grace to the Oval Office and for that all Americans should applaud the man. He has restored honor to the institution of the Presidency -- an institution that had been damaged by his philandering predecessor.
Nonetheless, the Washington Post (registration required) must be celebrating this morning that its and the MSM's steady assault on the president are now having their effect.
WaPo reports this morning:
For the first time in his presidency a majority of Americans question the integrity of President Bush, and growing doubts about his leadership have left him with record negative ratings on the economy, Iraq and even the war on terrorism, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows. On almost every key measure of presidential character and performance, the survey found that Bush has never been less popular with the American people. Currently 39 percent approve of the job he is doing as president, while 60 percent disapprove of his performance in office -- the highest level of disapproval ever recorded for Bush in Post-ABC polls.
The Valerie Plame controversy comes to mind, of course. The MSM has done its level best, despite the fact that Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald found no credible evidence of a deliberate "outing" of her or of any direct connection to the White House of an orchestrated campaign to discredit her husband, to damage the president and brand him a liar through its own mean-spirited campaign of innuendo and conjecture. Indeed, the New York Times was persisting in bashing the president and vice president only yesterday.
The president deserves better, but he can expect these kinds of rank attacks on his character and integrity to persist from the Left and its flanking MSM allies. That Americans are falling prey to the savaging of George Bush is as disconcerting as it is deplorable. They should think back to Bill Clinton, a stained dress, and the meaning of what is is.