…it's already apparent, early in 2007, that the Democrats not only inadvertently have helped Bush but, in addition, have given the Republicans good arguments for their holding on to the White House in 2008.Uh, I don’t know what James Pinkerton is smoking, but please allow me to present the following.
This takes you to a poll showing that Dubya’s job approval rating has “bounced” is true Broderesque fashion from 32 percent to a whopping 33 percent (more context on that here).
This takes you to polling data on both Democratic and Republican candidates for president that basically splits along party lines as expected (hat tip to Jonathan Singer at MyDD). It also notes the following about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (number 4 in .pdf file):
Favorable rating (slightly or strongly) - 36 percentAnd yes, in number 12, the survey asks voters if they approve of the job Congress is doing, and 52 percent polled said no. However, the “swing vote” here, if you will, is from the independents (you KNOW the Repugs will say no in big numbers), and when you look at the polling questions surrounding Dubya, he continually gets much worse ratings from that group.
Unfavorable rating (slightly or strongly) - 29 percent
Haven’t heard of/don’t know – 35 percent
To me, this doesn’t show a “trend” about anything concerning Pelosi (though leave it to the Repugs and their media acolytes like Pinkerton to try and manufacture it into a negative).
As Atrios says, this country hates Bush and this country hates the war. And how someone can try and manufacture that along with ratings of Congress which basically show that the jury is still out to mean something favorable for Republican White House prospects next year shows delusional thinking that practically screams for a mental health intervention.