What a difference a year makes. Remember when an historically thin 51-48% U.S. presidential election victory was the rationale for a totally Goddamned, motherfuckin', kick-ass "mandate" in which Commander Chimpy was going to take charge, drive home his agenda and spend all that political capital?
These days? Fuck the public -- who cares what they think?
Q You're not in denial here? I mean, the President has got his lowest job approval ratings in his presidency. Do you not acknowledge that that's not, as Secretary Rumsfeld would say, not exactly helpful to Republicans?
MR. McCLELLAN: We have a proud record of accomplishment and a positive agenda for the future. And we look forward to continuing to talk about it.
Q -- the public doesn't agree with --
MR. McCLELLAN: I mean, you can get caught up in polls; we don't. Polls are snapshots in time. The President is someone who is --
Can a total Scottie meltdown be far away?
AFTERSNARK: Here's another poll that I'm sure li'l Scottie would like to ignore. I'm particularly amused by this snippet:
"A lot of elected Republicans are running for the hills in the Northeast," said Connecticut GOP strategist Chris DePino after what he called "a waterfall of missteps" by Republicans. Bush and the GOP must return to their message that the United States has been safe from terrorism during his administration, DePino said.
Huh. I vaguely recall something about a "9/11." Must have been my imagination.
MORE DEEP THOUGHTS: It's seriously annoying when someone is getting absolutely hammered in the polls and, when asked about that, responds, "Well, we don't put any stock in polls. That's not how we work. We do what we feel is in the best interest of the people, ... blah blah blah ..."
To which one might properly respond, "Well, if that's the case, why does your party have so many pollsters?"