No Longer A Beer Buddy
Finally, it's not just honesty where Bush is taking a hit. Only 50 percent of those polled gave him high ratings for being easygoing and likeable, down from 57 in January; 43 percent gave him high ratings for being smart, down from 50; 40 percent gave him high ratings for being compassionate enough to understand average people, down from 47; and only 29 percent gave him high ratings for being willing to work with people whose viewpoints are different from his own, down from 33.
I'm not the greatest judge in the world because I've always thought he was a dominating, unlikeable, dumb, arrogant intolerant asshole. A bunch oif people thought he'd be fun to hang around with, though, and it's a big reason why he got re-elected. Without his personal popularity, what has he really got?
The good news is that this should finally kill off the "enormously popular" president meme that refused to die. I'm sure Andrea Mitchell and Tim Russert are in mourning today.