Thursday, July 12, 2007

Americans Are Not Stupid

In his review of the Bush love fest with reporters news conference , Andrew Sullivan makes a good observation:

The rank condescension toward the American people is also staggering. Look, Mr President, most Americans aren't as dim as you seem to be. Maybe it's time you realized that.
Today, Rasmussen released a poll that seems to indicate just how smart we Americans are. The results are interesting but more on why in a bit.

On the US Attorney investigation (my emphasis):

43% of Americans believe Congress is legitimately trying to find information about the firing of U.S. attorneys. Thirty-two percent (32%) believe the legislators are just trying to harass the Administration.
On Executive Privilege:

When invoking Executive Privilege, just 30% believe the White House is truly interested in trying to protect the confidential nature of advice given the President. Forty-five percent (45%) believe the Bush Administration is trying to prevent Congress from learning information.
On off-the-record interviews:

Thirty-one percent (31%) of Americans believe that is an acceptable compromise while 48% disagree.
On Congressional investigations:

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of Americans say that there have not been enough Congressional investigations of the White House since Democrats took control. Nearly as many, 32%, say there have been too many investigations while 19% say the balance has been about right.
Just to point out the obvious - 58% of Americans believe Congress is doing the right thing with its current investigations.

And, yesterday, on the surge:

Just 19% of American voters believe that the U.S. troop surge in Iraq was a success. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 43% of voters consider the surge a failure. Twenty-four percent (24%) say it’s too soon to tell while 15% are not sure.
The numbers are compelling. Even with the stupid Americans Republicans that continue to stand by their guy in large but dwindling numbers, it's clear that the a light has dawned. The Frat Boy has been exposed.

But that brings me back to the question I've had for some time. Is the President really struggling with Republicans?
The President continues to struggle with his own party. Just 66% of Republican voters approve of his performance in office.

Sixty-six percent! That's almost two-thirds. That number rarely varies unless Immigration Reform is on topic.

This begs my next question. Who are these idiots? Why do they not believe what they see with their own eyes?

I'm sorry. I guess I was wrong. I should have said most Americans are not stupid.