President Bush to Sink Another Election Bid?


He already sunk McCain. With numbers as bad as the ones below, I have to believe he’ll sink his brother, too. Which, of course, is a good thing for dynasty haters. And Americans who don’t want to lose their sanity.

From a new CNN poll:

Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think it applies or doesn’t apply to George W. Bush:

Is a strong and decisive leader: Yes 45%, No 55%
Cares about people like you: Yes 37%, No 62%
Brought the kind of change the country needed: Yes 13%, No 86%
Is honest and trustworthy: Yes 37%, No 62%
Managed the government effectively: Yes 25%, No 75%
Is a person you admire: Yes 27%, No 72%
Shares your values: Yes 34%, No 65%
Generally agrees with you on issues you care about: Yes 34%, No 66%
Inspires confidence: Yes 20%, No 80%
Has united the country and not divide it: Yes 17%, No 82%
Was tough enough for the job: Yes 49%, No 51%
Can get things done: Yes 31%, No 69%

A full 75 percent say they are glad President Bush will be leaving Washington. And Jeb thinks Florida will send him there?

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