Saturday, May 13, 2006

Clinton more honest than Bush?

Of all the slaps in the face this administration has taken recently, this has to be the Rick Jamesiest.

CNN has a new poll comparing Americans' perceptions of Bush with those of Clinton. Some of the results are not surprising -- Clinton cleaned up, by almost a 2:1 margin, on handling of the economy and solving the problems of ordinary Americans -- but the real five-fingers-to-the-cheek are the numbers that got Bush (re)elected:
When asked which man was more honest as president, poll respondents were more evenly divided, with the numbers -- 46 percent Clinton to 41 percent Bush -- falling within the poll's margin of error. The same was true for a question on handling national security: 46 percent said Clinton performed better; 42 percent picked Bush.

Ouch. Bush's bread n' butter were morals (in 2000) and foreign policy (in 2004). Republicans love to shift as much blame as possible back to the Slick Willie years -- and they probably won't stop after this poll -- but now we realize most of the country's nostalgia for the 90's.

Now President Bush can be forever known as that President who made Clinton look honest.


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