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    WASHINGTON Americans are increasingly critical of President Bush and dissatisfied with the Republicans who have controlled Congress for a decade, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll finds. (Related: Complete poll results)
    But congressional Democrats while favored when it comes to the economy, the war in Iraq and even taxes have problems, too. They get a rating only somewhat less negative than the GOP. (Related: Americans give Democrats an edge)

    The public's sour outlook raises the prospect that the elections next year could be more problematic for incumbents than any since Republicans swept to control of Congress in 1994.

    "If a year from now the public mood is similar to what it is now, Republicans will be in trouble," says political scientist Gary Jacobson of the University of California, San Diego. He calls predictions of a Democratic takeover of the House "a bit premature, but not crazy."

    At the moment, Bush is in no position to boost Republicans. By 54%-39%, those polled say they are more likely to vote for a congressional candidate who opposes the president than one who supports him. (Related: Bush poll results)

    Just 46% say most members of Congress deserve re-election, the lowest level of support since 1994. But 65% say their own representative deserves re-election. (Related: Congress poll results)

    In the poll, taken Friday through Sunday:

    By 50%-49%, those surveyed say Bush doesn't have the personality and leadership qualities a president should have the first time in his tenure a majority hasn't viewed him positively. His job approval is 42%, up from a historic low of 39% one week earlier.

    Support for Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers has ebbed. By 43%-42%, those surveyed say the Senate shouldn't confirm her. That's the first time a plurality, albeit narrow, has opposed the confirmation of any high court nominee over the past two decades.

    Nearly four in 10 say they believe Bush aides broke the law in the leak of a CIA agent's name to reporters; another four in 10 say administration officials acted unethically but not illegally.

    Americans split 49%-49% on whether it was a mistake to invade Iraq; last month, they said it was a mistake by 59%-39%. But there isn't more optimism about the war's progress; 57% say it is going badly.

    If Bush were running for re-election this year, 55% say they would vote for an unnamed Democratic candidate; 40% for Bush. Last year, Bush beat Democrat John Kerry 51%-48%.
    'Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.' Ben Franklin

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross."
    --Sinclair Lewis

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    God, could the sheeple be finally raising their snouts out of the stupidity trough to see the light?
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    He really is the worst U.S. president I can recall in recent memory. There's no way to defend any of his actions. The country is so much worse off since he took office.

    Even when Reagan was in office and he was near senility and took naps after his daily jellybean breaks, he wasn't as bad. I wish I could joke about this but I can't; it's frightening.

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    Let's just keep our fingers crossed that the bad news for Bush holds out for the long haul. I would almost give a limb to see some more horrible tainting scandals come out, evenly spaced and equally damaging, over the next 2-3 years....I want to see Bush so rocked and battered by scandals of such umimaginable magnitude that he is left looking like a 100 year old man-who died at the age of 90!

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    What do you think the chances are he'll become a 'well-respected elder statesman' after he leaves office?
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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post
    What do you think the chances are he'll become a 'well-respected elder statesman' after he leaves office?

    Nil.

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    They'll call him when they need some sub-level celebrity to take part in a 'mountain-biking for charity' event.
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    at which point we may just lose him after he plunges off a bluff.
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    We can only dream...although once he's out of office, he'll be great on the late night talk-show circus. I see a Bob Dole type character emerging.
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    Geroge Bush says it wasn't his fault. George Bush loves america! George Bush! George bush. George Bush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post
    What do you think the chances are he'll become a 'well-respected elder statesman' after he leaves office?
    Maybe Jay Leno needs a new stupid announcer.

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    I'm not sure Bush is quick enough on his toes to do anything live....unless he has secret transmissions from Rove, that is.
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