As public support faded for his failed war in Iraq, President George W. Bush could still depend on support from rabid Republicans.
No longer. With overall support for his botched war effort at a new low, Bush is also failing to hold on to approval ratings from GOP loyalists. Like the rest of America, the right-wing is walking away from the President.
And like the rest of Americans, an increasing number of Republicans want the troops brought home now before any more die for Bush’s folly. Bush and Congress may be willing to send more American troops to death but the voters they work for are not.
Americans are tired of rhetoric. They want action and they want it now.
Reports Bill Schneider of CNN:
Public support for the war in Iraq has fallen to a new low. Not only that, but Republican support is beginning to waver.
President Bush’s troop buildup, or “surge,” meant to quell the sectarian violence is now in place.
“The final surge was just completed in the last 10 days,” Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott said Sunday.
What happens now? “Come September, we’ll have to see how they’re doing and we’ll have to make an assessment,” Lott said.
But the public is already making an assessment, and it’s not good. In the latest CNN-Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday, 69 percent of those polled believe things are going badly in Iraq. Seventeen percent think the situation is improving.
Thirty percent of Americans polled say they favor the war, the lowest level of support on record. Two-thirds are opposed.
Anti-war sentiment among Republican poll respondents has suddenly increased with 38 percent of Republicans now saying they oppose the war.
Moreover, 63 percent of Americans are ready to withdraw at least some troops from Iraq. Forty-two percent of Republicans agree.
Fifty-four percent of Americans do not believe U.S. action in Iraq is morally justified.