When I read earlier today that Bush had “insisted that using a veto is ‘one way to ensure I am relevant,'” all I could think is what a needy little man he is. If using the power of the veto makes him feel “relevant,” clearly he’s a man with a self-esteem issue. But, of course we already know that. Don’t we. Just as Bush felt the need to declare, “I’m the decider, and I decide what is best,” Bush now feels the need to declare just how relevant he is, and make it known that using the power of the veto ensures that relevency.
But the truth is Bush is far from relevant these days and that was evident this morning when he “hastily scheduled” a press conference after a Reuters/Zogby poll was released showing that “deepening unhappiness with President George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress soured the mood of Americans and sent Bush’s approval rating to another record low this month.” The truth is Bush’s ratings are in the toilet, as Dan Froomkin notes via the Zogby poll:
“Bush’s job approval rating fell to 24 percent from last month’s record low for a Zogby poll of 29 percent. A paltry 11 percent gave Congress a positive grade, tying last month’s record low.”
“There is a real question among Americans now about how relevant this government is to them,” pollster John Zogby told Whitesides. “They tell us they want action on health care, education, the war and immigration, but they don’t believe they are going to get it.”
Bush has now tied President Nixon’s all-time low approval rating as measured by the Gallup Poll. But Congress is doing even worse.
So, as Froomkin reported Bush “used what he called his ‘bully pulpit,'” today, “telling reporters ‘I was trying to get your attention focused on the fact that major pieces of legislation aren’t moving, and those that are, are at a snail’s pace.'”
But, here’s the rub… We have Republicans in Congress that are attempting to force Bush’s will on the American people, even though they have shown almost a year ago at the voting booths, that they don’t want Bush’s will anymore. So stuff gets stalled in Congress, and if, just if, something does pass that the American people do want, like SCHIP, then Bush get out his little “relevant” pen and signs away the legislation, stalling things in Congress once again.
George W. Bush is a needy little man, a “bully” with a pulpit and he and his GOP cohorts in Congress will continue to fight the will of the people as long as he remains in office. It’s that simple.