Bush is giving his sixth State of the Union
tonight from abysmal... nay Nixonian
... approval ratings. A CBS poll from yesterday puts his approval rating at just 28%
, the lowest of any poll by any polling firm during his presidency. And tonight, he will get a prime-time address in which to try and change that, and if history is any guide, he's going to blow it.
Lately his speeches have caused his approval rating to go down rather than up. There's a simple reason for it. The people want to hear that we're leaving Iraq, and anytime he says something to the contrary, like that we're sending more
troops to Baghdad, the people are disappointed. He could
change direction here tonight and start the withdrawal, but he won't. And so the people will be disappointed with him.
I usually don't watch his speeches any more. Frankly, he's a boring speaker who hard to listen to, and if I did listen it would only make me angry. But I probably will watch tonight. Why? Well, the Speaker of the House and the Vice President are the two people who sit behind the President during the State of the Union. And for the first time in Bush's Presidency, the Speaker of the House is a Democrat, and the majority of the audience also (Congress) will be Democratic. Which means the silly game those politicians play where some stand while others sit on particular applause lines will be more visible and more fun to watch. Also, for the first time in history, one of the people behind the President will be a woman.
So I'll be watching when Bush talks about human-animal hybrids, switchgrass, and steroids in professional sports, and how armies of steroid-laden human-switchgrass hybrids will be our saviors in Iraq. But what I'll really be looking to see, is a resurgent and confident Democratic Congress reacting. Hopefully, they won't disappoint me.