I almost fell out of my chair when I read this mind-bending wankery from Sheryl Gay Stolberg in the New York Times today...
In St. Paul, Mr. Bush will speak on the convention’s opening night, said Dana Perino, the White House press secretary — a tiny bit of news from an administration that typically keeps a close hold on the president’s schedule. The White House and the McCain campaign said the details were still being worked out. But one Republican close to Mr. McCain and Mr. Bush, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the president would give “an important speech” but that a joint appearance was “highly unlikely.”O mah gawd (so many directions I can go in with this)...
Democrats face a similar quandary this year in figuring out what to do about former President Bill Clinton after the bitter nominating battle between his wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the party’s presumptive nominee, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.
You know, I realize that our beloved corporate media absolutely must have their "horserace," and they must perpetuate the narratives that the Dems are hopelessly divided, Obama can't win Latinos, Jews, or white males making less that $50K, and somehow, McCain will become coherent and stop contradicting himself and making basic factual errors about what he has and has not said just in time to unite those unruly "values voters" and achieve electoral victory (and as we know, these "town hall" meeting "play to his strength," or something).
Oh, and also, the Clintons will absolutely overturn the Democratic National Convention in Denver and secure the nomination for Hillary at long last, with assists from Michael Moore, Ward Churchill and Code Pink.
But to draw any comparison to the partially damaged credibility of Bill Clinton due to some of his recent campaign misadventures for Hillary's sake and the utterly ruinous reign of President Highest Disapproval Rating In Gallup Poll History is a whole other level of farce.
This link to BobGeiger.com tells us that on December 19, 1998, three days after articles of impeachment were introduced against Bill Clinton for that little mess with Monica Whatsername (supposedly the low point of his presidency), a CNN/Gallup/USA Today poll showed that Clinton had a 73 percent approval rating. On the other hand, this takes you to a graph showing Dubya's approval ratings over the last three years.
And Stolberg thinks Clinton will have the same problem as Dubya at the Dem convention. The last I checked, no Dem was telling The Big Dog not to show up, as Repug Dana Rohrbacher did with Dubya.
Maybe the Repugs can make Dubya palatable enough to those of his own party if they keep sticking him into softball photo-ops as they have here. Surely there's a petting zoo in the D.C. area somewhere dying for attention...??