Bush Job Approval at 50%, Expected to Rise

Despite constant attacks and the refusal to emphasize any of the terrific economic numbers and progress in the Mideast by the media, President Bush has bounced back to 50% approval in performance as president. According to Rasmussen Ratings on Friday, December 23rd:

Fifty percent (50%) of American adults approve of the way George W. Bush is performing his role as President. That’s up six points since the President’s speech on Sunday night.

It’s also the first time since July that the President’s Job Approval has reached the 50% mark. He earns approval from 81% of Republicans, 23% of Democrats, and 42% of those not affiliated with either major political party.

Hat Tip Terry Harris

Here’s where the bonus points come in for President Bush and Republicans…

According to the US News & World Report on Thursday:

In search of a terrorist nuclear bomb, the federal government since 9/11 has run a far-reaching, top secret program to monitor radiation levels at over a hundred Muslim sites in the Washington, D.C., area, including mosques, homes, businesses, and warehouses, plus similar sites in at least five other cities, U.S. News has learned. In numerous cases, the monitoring required investigators to go on to the property under surveillance, although no search warrants or court orders were ever obtained, according to those with knowledge of the program.

Most Americans and certainly those in Middle America do not care if the federal government is monitoring Baptist Bible Studies, Methodist bake sales, Catholic bingo parlors, or mosques,… the bottom line is,… Americans do not want a dirty nuclear bomb going off in their town!

Red State Americans are quite clear about nuclear bombs.

Americans may not quite understand what exactly a “dirty bomb” is, but once they hear the “nuclear” part, they are certain it is not for them or for their town. Americans love their freedoms, but just tell them you are checking the neighborhood for a nuclear threat. Do you think you would be turned away? Hardly. Maybe in Berkeley or Beantown, but not in Boise or Beaumont or many towns in between.

Advice to Democrats: Be quiet on this one. Don’t spin an Al Gore, “They played on our fears!” with this one. If democrats start foaming at the mouth and, heaven forbid, a dirty bomb would go off in Atlanta, or Houston, or Des Moines, that would be the end of the modern Democratic party. An ad or two of Democrats whining about monitoring for radiation and the next election would be all but over.

Democrats better play like Hillary and sit back on this one. If they don’t, and this remains the big news for the next week, watch for Bush’s approval ratings to go up another 6 points.

Hugh Hewitt has a more reasoned opinion of this nuclear news.
Mark in Mexico is angered that another “top secret” program has been outed and fills in the information gaps on the seriousness of this threat. Mark explains that looking for a 5 megaton plutonium explosive device is not the same as looking for marijuana plants. I’d say!

More from Mark in Mexico:

What everyone seems to have missed in this is that, according to this article, NEST has been conducting clandestine surveillance like this for thirty (30) years. That’s three (3) decades, one and one-half (1 1/2) generations, “using high-tech detection gear fitted onto various aircraft, vehicles, and even backpacks and attaché cases.” Only when the FBI gets involved and Muslims become the surveilled do the knee-jerk lefties get their panties knotted…

Free Belarus takes a look at two other significant polls on the president’s job approval ratings.

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