But at some point you have to start asking yourself why reporters are grasping at signs, any sign, of a Bush resurgence here:
Bush’s popularity has steadily fallen as the war has dragged on. However, the recent killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al Qaeda leader in Iraq, and the formation of an Iraqi unity government, boosted the administration.
Yeah, it’s boosted the living shit out of the administration:
President George W. Bush’s job approval rating is at 37 percent, up 1 percentage point, in a NBC News and the Wall Street Journal poll taken after the death of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the formation of a new government in Iraq.
It’s not that I’m unsympathetic. A strong president, beloved by his employers (us), capable of doing his job to the satisfaction of the most of us, would be a really, really nice thing to have. I’d sleep better at night if we had that. I’d go about my day feeling a little better knowing that (pick one) a complete and utter moron or a conniving sumbitch wasn’t using our Constitution as a funnel for keg stands or kindling for his cigar. I get that we all want to feel good about who’s in charge of us now.
But we can’t, because we don’t have that capable and intelligent guy. We’ve got Beavis with his T-shirt pulled over his head, muttering about his bunghole and “darn dangerous” terrorists, and a mess it’ll take years for us to claw our way out of. Storytime is nice, but you’ve got to wake up from the nap you take afterwards, put down the juice box, and go the hell back to work.