Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Cleaning Up the Mess

From today's New York Times editorial on Karl Rove:

Today, despite Mr. Rove’s claims of invincibility, both houses of Congress are back in Democratic hands, Mr. Bush’s approval ratings are around 30 percent and many Republican presidential candidates are running as fast as they can away from the Bush legacy.

Mr. Rove can now contemplate that legacy from his home in Texas. But he should not get too settled in. Congress needs to use all its power to bring Mr. Rove back to Washington to testify — in public and under oath — about how he used his office to put politics above the interests of the American people.

[emphasis mine]

Ya think the Times knows that the Presidency's 25% approval rating is almost twice Congress' 14% approval rating?

Newspapers, like The New York Times, come in lower in approval (22%) than the Presidency--though better than Congress, whose last place is easy to beat.

Maybe the Times should pin its hopes on an institution other than Congress—say the military (69% approval), small business (59% approval), the police (54% approval), or organized religion (46% approval)--to clean up the mess in Washington, D.C.

They might even be able to give needed advice to news desks and editorial offices around the country about how to gain respect.

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