Why Bush’s stock is going down:
I think a number of people in the middle are getting the sense that he is an untrustworthy weasel — especially in light of the recent disclosures of the 9/11 Commission.
Doesn’t it seem to you that the President knew a lot more than it seemed on, say, September 12, about the likelihood of such an attack???
Granted, it was probably in the Clinton Administration that the “sense” of the threat developed in full. And maybe, when you look at the Feb. 26, 1993 bombing of the WTC (let’s call it “2/26”), the first Bush Administration must have had some sense that Arab terrorism was at work in the U.S. (I don’t believe “2/26” was any big surprise, either.)
The public is not kept in the dark, but we’re probably not told everything, either.
I get the sense that while fighting for special interest tax cuts in the Spring of ’01, the Administration of the second Bush full well knew that something nasty was going to happen, and their only defensive measure was to repeat the mantra:
“they wouldn’t dare!!!”
Does Bush really make you feel confident that the federal government is tackling the international 21st century security issues??