Monday, February 26, 2007

I almost feel sorry for the 30 percenters

At the Oscar ceremony last night, a lesbian hosted the ceremony. Another lesbian won for Best Song and thanked her wife in her acceptance speech. The wingnuts' favorite former vice president won an Oscar. So did two African-American actors. And Leo DiCaprio encouraged the audience to go green.

And now it's Monday and the Oscar parties are but a memory. But wait! Far from the liberal enclave of Hollywood (you know, where Ahnuld got his start in action films) comes a new WaPo/ABC News poll.

With Bush's approval ratings mired by the unpopular war, Americans trust congressional Democrats over Bush to handle the situation in Iraq by a margin of 54 percent to 34 percent. That is down from a 27-point gap before the president's address last month. Since that time, trust in the Democrats on the issue has slipped six points. That has not been matched by increasing confidence in Bush, but by a five-point rise in the number who trust neither the Democrats in Congress nor the president on the issue. There has also been an eight-point decline in the Democrats' advantage among independents.

Although trimmed, the Democrats maintain a substantial edge on the war in large measure because of Bush's low ratings on handling the situation in Iraq. Two-thirds of Americans disapprove of how the president is handling the Iraq war; 31 percent approve. And intensity continues to run against Bush on the issue: Fifty-five percent "strongly disapprove" of his work there, while only 17 percent "strongly approve" of it.

The poll results have Le Sweetie wondering aloud if Dick Cheney will get really mad and go around kicking animals.