Bush's latest approval numbers represent an all-time low. How much farther can he sink?
"President Bush's job approval rating has fallen to his lowest rating ever. 37 percent now approve of the job he is doing as president, while 58 percent disapprove. Those in his own party are still overwhelmingly positive about his performance (nearly 80 percent approve), but the president receives little support from either Democrats or Independents. And while views of President Bush have lately not changed much among Republicans or Democrats, his approval rating among Independents has dropped 11 points since just last month, from 40 percent to 29 percent now.
AR: All emphasis mine.
Bush's cronies are also gradually being lined up for firing squads;
Rove (Bush's spin doctor and all-round dirty tricks specialist): About to be indicted for 'Plame-Gate'. If he is charged with a crime, chalk this up as a win for the CIA who really don't like it when you tell Bob Novak who their secret agents are.
DeLay (former Congress Majority leader): Currently facing indictments for laundering money to Republicans in Texas from corporate donnors forbidden from doing so. It looked weak at first, but I think Delay really got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and will be convicted.
Frist (currently Senate Majority leader): Sold shares from his families medical company a few weeks before it tanked. Which isn't illegal per se, except the shares are supposed to be in a blind trust and outside of his reach. I think it's 50-50 he'll get his wrist slapped, but I hope I am under predicting.
As for his pick of Miers for Supreme Court - I'd say two things; I think she would be reliably 'anti-choice' (or against Roe V Wade), but I also think she'd be 'gay friendly', and might even be something of a moderate. That all said, she's a crony of the worst degree, having zero judicial experience, and less than zero track record.
Which makes the decision by Dems on whether to confirm her or not, interesting. If the Dems open fire, the Bush people may withdraw her nomination and try for a fire-breathing conservative with genuine intellectual stature like Luttig or McConnell - one that would be far worse than Miers in the long run.