In “Bush Flickers Out, Republicans Face Mass Hibernation,” Chris Lehmann talks with Texan historian Lewis Gould, who’s written extensively on the Republican party, about Bush’s low approval rating. Gould points to anecdotal evidence rather than polls for his assertion that the public’s “animus against Bush is like a beating heart.”
For whatever it’s worth, back in November and December, when I was doing publicity for my book on the Senate, my publisher had me doing these radio call-in shows from all over the country. And people were just throbbing with indignation at Congress. And this wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t about corruption, though that was part of it. There was this sense of Congress’s complete out-of-touchness. In places like Ohio and Oregon, I was getting this hysteria, this animosity about things like the Medicare-reform implementation.
Also, some recent developments:
- Bush cuts Medicare, proposes increased defense spending, seeks to extend tax breaks for the wealthy. Ken Starr and his anti-tax buddies mount a constitutional challenge to accounting requirements put in place to prevent another Enron scandal.
- The White House changed course yesterday and briefed congressional intelligence committees on its surveillance program after Heather Wilson, a Republican Congresswoman from New Mexico and “chairwoman of a House intelligence subcommittee that oversees the NSA, broke with the Bush administration and called for a full review of the NSA’s program, along with legislative action to update the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.”
- Some Evangelical leaders, including bestselling author Rick Warren, have parted ways with the Bush administration on global warming. And a Bush appointee at NASA, who tried to prevent a climate scientist from discussing his concerns about drastic global warming with the press, resigned yesterday after Texas A&M University officials confirmed he didn’t graduate from the school, despite what he said on his résumé.