Recently, I wrote that “if all things remained equal“, if Karl Rove was indicted in Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation of the Valerie Plame Wilson outing case, Bush’s numbers would fall to 28%.
Well, things didn’t remain equal and the Bush administration has shot itself in the foot again with the disclosures that it strong-armed all of the nation’s leading telecom firms (except Qwest which valiantly held out) into providing entire data bases of ALL calls made domestically inside the United States.
No wonder why the Bush administration evaded the FISA Court and process. There is no way that this kind of surveillance and building of a data base would have been approved.
In the latest Harris interactive poll, Bush’s approval rating has fallen to 29%.
I am revising my figures on Bush and Rove.
If Rove is indicted in this environment, Bush’s favorability rating will fall to 24%.
Momentum is on the side of those in doubt of Bush as well as his administration’s integrity and competency.
— Steve Clemons