JimSmith - 10/25/2004 11:42 PM
MS Fowler - 10/25/2004 11:03 PM
I think you are over-simplyfying, a little. Of the half of the eligible voters who will participate, about half are anti-Bush. Of those, perhaps half are yellow-dog--wouldn't vote for a republican on a bet, democrats. So the true anti- Bush contingent is probably closer to 25% of the adult population. Not a number of which the incumbant should be proud, but not as bad as stated.
All elections involving an incumbant are evaluations of the incumbant; this one is no different.
And I suspect you are leaving half the story out too. Of the half of eligible voters voting for Bush, half are the Republican equivalent of the yellow dog -- wouldn't vote for a Republican on a bet, Democrats you described. So that means only 25% of the voters really like Bush, about the same number as the 25% of voters you identified that really dislike his performance as President.
As I have noted before, I did not vote for Bush, but by whatever means unfolded, he was declared the winner. We owed him our support until the next election. It is how the system is supposed to work.
Then, he started lying and doing things that only he understands. He has made gross mistake after gross mistake, told whopper after whopper, and made it absolutely clear he cannot handle the job. It is our duty to replace him. Kerry happens to be the alternate. He cannot help but make things better, even if the only thing he has going for him is the legislative branch will be run by the opposition, and to get anything done he will have to be right and work very hard.
When Bush said there were WMD I believed him. I am ashamed of Bush now because he lied then and has kept it up, and I am ashamed I believed him. Anyone who cannot see that is not looking. You cannot live long enough to earn the right to vote and be that unable to sort facts from fiction. But there is no end to how lazy and selfish people can be. Jim