I trace Bush's big drop in the polls to his failure to protect Terri Schiavo. He could have stopped her death, in less dramatic fashion than Clinton did when he swiped that Cuban boy from his family. When he failed to act, and let her slowly die a horrible death, it dispirited the base and emboldened the libs. They won a big one, showed that the judiciary was in charge and there was nothing conservatives could do about it. But there was, if someone with cojones had been in charge.
I don't mean to be harsh, but that's just delusional.
I polled myself and I think you are right. I sent him a fax at the time saying, "Mr. President, don't you think it is time for Terri to have a sip of water"?.
I don't know to what extent Terri affected most voters, but both Bushes fell into the same trap Republicans always seem to fall into--trying to come up with a position to satisfy both sides, even when such a position is logically unsupportable.
If it was not wrong for Felos et al. to block any efforts to offer Terri oral hydration and sustenance, the the Bushes should not have interfered at all. If it was wrong, the Bushes should have acted decisively against Felos et al. One can debate whether Felos' actions were proper; both sides do have facially valid arguments. Regardless of whether Felos' actions were wrong, however, I see no argument that would support the Bushs' actions. If Bush is acceeding to a coup, he should acknowledge such. Otherwise, their actions look like insincere tokens.
Many Bushbots quit supporting the entire Bush clan. Many republicans quit the party. I stay in so I can send surveys back to them telling them what they did and making them pay the postage.
Jeb can never be President. He let an incompetent judge push him around. Judge Greer had a speaking engagement today. During the Q & A the question came up re: why this country treats animals better than people through groups like The Humane Society. Greer's Answer: "Animals don't talk."
His answer shows that he's not playing with a full deck. What about people who don't talk or people who do talk? Judge Greer killed Terri for Michael Schiavo. The Bushes let him do it. You are absolutely right. They couldn't save one woman. When the administration talks about spreading liberty, I think about Terri and how hypocritical it is to discuss spreading liberty when Terri had no civil rights.
Florida: the starvation state and now, the boot camp death state; not just for vacations any more. Terri Schindler Schiavo and Martin Anderson, rest in peace. Both of your deaths were state sponsored.
Martin Anderson (14 years old) was beaten to death by Florida Sheriff Deputies while a nurse watched the 30 minute beating before calling an ambulance.
Terri was murdered and Martin was murdered on Jeb Bush's watch. He can't be president of anything now. They martyred Terri. The local good old boys were more important to the Bushes than Terri was.
Martin died on January 6th and when there's a dead child, no amount of damage control will suffice and Jesse Jackson hasn't arrived yet. Martin's death is going to be huge. There's no excuse for beating a child who couldn't keep up during an exercise period and then let him die so he isn't a witness against them.
Didn't dispirit me a bit. Matter of fact, I count his inaction on what was clearly a state affair to be one of the few conservative things the man has done.
If people are that insane the US has little chance of long term survival given the enemies it faces.
"I trace Bush's big drop in the polls to his failure to protect Terri Schiavo."
Delusional is an understatement.