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Tuesday, December 20, 2005 

Call it a Comeback? (Poll Numbers Are In, Bush is Up)

As we watched the latest speech on Iraq Sunday night, I questioned (along with many others) what purpose this served. Aside from deflecting attention from the questionable surveillance authorizations by the President, the speeches themselves didn’t have much more substance than “Wah Wah Wah, Wah Wah Wah” as if from the Peanuts cartoons.

However, apparently I am proved wrong again (yet another reason I don’t work for the DNC or the GOP), because I don’t know jack. The poll numbers are in, and it looks like Dubbya is making a comeback.

(ABC) Dec. 19, 2005 — The recent elections in Iraq and an improved economic outlook at home have shifted public support in the president's direction, lifting him from career lows in his job performance and personal ratings alike.

Overall, 47 percent of Americans in this ABC News/Washington Post poll now approve of George W. Bush's work in office; 52 percent disapprove. While hardly robust, that is up from a career low 39 percent-60 percent in early November to its best in nearly six months.

Specifically, belief that the United States is making significant progress toward establishing a democratic government in Iraq has jumped dramatically, by 18 points, to 65 percent. A sense of progress in establishing civil order similarly is up, by 16 points, to 60 percent. Each is its best since these questions first were asked in the spring of 2004.

Now, what I find amazing, is that all this poll data is being reported rather well, except for one small tidbit.

59 percent [of Americans] thinkt he administration does not have a clear plan for handling the situation there. Views on the lack of a clear plan have been steady since spring 2004; what helps the president politically is that even more — 74 percent — think the Democrats in Congress don't have a clear plan for Iraq, either. (Emphasis mine)

While the White House has done a miserable job of explaining and clarifying their position on Iraq, and the current progress in Iraq, apparently the Democrats have PROVEN to America that they don’t have a clue either, and are just obstructing the President.

I wonder if Nancy Pelosi still thinks theirNo Strategy is Our Strategyis a good idea?