Friday Topic: What Do Low Approval Ratings for Leaders Reveal?

A new poll shows Oregonians’ confidence in elected officials at an all time low. The same poll says illegal immigration is the second most important issue in Oregon, after education, but, as we pointed out earlier in the week on the show, those two issues are intertwined and Oregon politicos just don’t want to own up to it. When you have a $1.4 million dollar* impact at only three Portland area schools (and I’m sure it was worse) after the Fresh Del Monte raid, extrapolate that out to other school districts in Oregon (say Hillsboro and Woodburn for instance) and you have a HUGE impact on schools. Local officials like to say the problem of illegal immigration is national, not local, but if Oregon took more measures to make this state less hospitable to illegal immigrants, we might actually make our schools more responsive to citizens instead of catering to the ELL crowd.
Along with that poll we find that Oregonians don’t have much confidence in congress and the legislature. Hibbitts attributes it to George Bush’s low approval ratings. But while some of this is due to the malaise of the second term presidency and the drag effect of Iraq, congressional reps–especially D’s–have only themselves to blame.
When they should have paid attention to being responsible adult legislators they took out their pea shooters and put a picture of George Bush on their dartboards. That was sophomoric, devastating and wrong. They were seen as feckless as a result. They were perceived as being concerned only about their elections instead of looking out for our country. For their part, the R’s looked weak and vacillating on the biggest issue of our lives: national security.
The result is both sides, but especially the D’s, spent their political capital bringing down the president in the esteem of the populace and that lack of confidence slopped over and soaked their candidacies. Of course the American public doesn’t trust them, they stand for nothing but their own naked political greed and it’s clear they’ve sold out the country.
You can’t blame all that on the president Tim Hibbits.

*Cost per student as figured by the difference of absences the day of the raid and the day after the raid.

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10 thoughts on “Friday Topic: What Do Low Approval Ratings for Leaders Reveal?

  1. Bottom-of-the-barrel poll numbers can actually liberate a second-term president to do whatever he wants? That certainly seems to be how George W. Bush sees things these days.

    He’ll never run for office again and is seemingly unfazed by his dismal ratings (32 percent approval in this month’s Gallup poll, just 1 percentage point better than his worst ever). He is doubling down on a variety of issues that helped make him so unpopular in the first place — from escalating the Iraq War to relaxing immigration laws and vetoing stem cell research.

    Either Bush is making a visionary play that will win his redemption in the history books or else he seems destined to be remembered as one of the most spectacular failures of all time.

    I happen to believe it will be the latter, but only time will tell.

  2. As a result of this immigration thing, even the conservative base is turning against Bush. This does not bode well for the fight over Iraq set for September.

  3. Don’t mistake disagreement with Bush over the Immigration fiasco as “conservative base is turning against Bush

    Unlike Liberals, we conservatives can disagree and still support the more important matters.

    Kloin/Fizzi/Cramdown, low approval numbers must mean one can do as they please. Democrat Harry Reid’s numbers are “19” and look how he acts.

    Pretty pathetic that the newly elected Democrat Comgress has numbers so much lower than even the hated Bush.

  4. An anniversary of sorts.

    “Anybody who wants to harm American troops will be found and brought to justice,” Bush said. “There are some that feel like if they attack us that we may decide to leave prematurely. They don’t understand what they are talking about if that is the case. Let me finish. There are some who feel like the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring ’em on.”

    July 2, 2003

  5. It means that “Kloins” Marxist friends were able to fool the Voter last November by running on “NOTHING” and by doing nothing but investigating, and talking about pre-1994 issue’s, the Socialists are putting themslves right back in the MINORITYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY. AMERICA IS WAKING UP TO THEM.


  6. Sen. Pete Domenici (N.M.), Republican veteran of the Senate, abandoned President Bush’s Iraq war policy today(July 5,) by publicly endorsing legislation designed to withdraw nearly all U.S. troops from Iraq by March 2008.

    The other shoes continue to drop.

  7. Liberal Kloin TV Ch.6, you better look at what Sen.Pete Domenici really said, especially about putting alot more pressure on the Iraq Government, not cut and running like you SOCIALIST COWARDS want to do.

  8. It seems that each day another Republican Senator or Congressman moves away from supporting the Bush Surge. Now you can add Senators Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee

  9. Has this president EVER, even for a minute, actually had a realistic view of what they were facing in Iraq?

    This whole war STARTED with an unrealistic view that we would be greeted aas liberators. The insurgency was ARMED by an unrealistic thought that we didn’t have to guard the ammunition dumps. It was MANNED from an unrealistic thought that we could disband the Iraqi army without consequences. It was given LEADERSHIP and FUNDING because of our ridiculous orders regarding de-baathification, and it was given a FIELD of OPERATIONS because we had an unrealistic notion about what it would take to secure the country.

    Not recognizing the depth of the difficulty they are in has been the single defining feature of the administration in Iraq, and these Senators are ONLY NOW realizing it?

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