Angry conservatives are driving the approval ratings of President Bush and the GOP-led Congress to dismal new lows, according to an AP-Ipsos poll that underscores why Republicans fear an Election Day massacre.
I think massacre is a really regrettable word in this context. Other than that, why is anyone surprised that traditional conservatives who make up the silent majority of the Republican party would be disappointed in an administration that has shown itself to be driven by a radical Neo-Con/Theo-Con, downright Feudalistic agenda. And even those that might be willing to deal with this agenda might not be willing to stomach the incompetence, corruption and dishonesty.
The prospect of Democrats capturing either, however, may be one of the best weapons Mr. Rove has as he turns to what he has traditionally done best: motivating his party’s conservative base to turn out on Election Day.
This has me a little worried about Nov ‘06. Rove has shown that he really knows how to manipulate fear and loathing to squeeze the base for votes. While I expect a lot of Republicans to stay home on election day, Rove has shown that he knows how to use fear and smear better than anyone else.