Greg Pollowitz at Sixers has interesting analysis of Bush's approval ratings and the lack of affect they are having on fundraising.
Yes, conservatives are mad at the president. But we're not mad at, for the most part, the platform he ran on in 2000 and 2004. We're mad because things in 2006 aren't going the way they were supposed to go when we voted in 2000 and 2004. 31% doesn't mean, as some on the left might hope, that we're mad at the idea of conservatism. In fact, this shows that we are more in favor of conservative principles than ever before. And I think this is why the money continues to flow to Republican candidates.
This is a good point. The left reads the poll numbers as proof that America is turning to the left. But as I have noted on occasion, being dissatisfied with...say...the war in Iraq does not necessarily translate to opposing the war. Most of my frustrations are borne of a desire to be tougher, not spineless.
What if Bush's approval ratings reflect the nations angst that the president isn't governing enough as a conservative?
I have no idea if that is true, but there is likely a grain or two in there somewhere. Just a thought for all the sycophants out there who immediately translate Bush's poor approval rating to a future boon for the left. The remedy for such simplistic thought may be a gander at congressional approval ratings.