Lest we forget, Graham is not just “a Democratic presidential candidate”. He’s the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and was its chairman at the time this was being discussed. If anyone outside the Administration would know, it’s him.
Hmm, so the margin of error goes all to one side? Seems more likely that it will match the overall results, statistically speaking. Heck, it could be 3-6% worse for Bush too. But I would have a hard time making that argument with a straight face.
Given the declining trend over the last couple of weeks (it was at 56%) the number seems right, and if anything I would wager the error rate may slightly favor Bush (i.e. too high). But, it is best to stick with the actual numbers the poll provides.
Besides, I can just wait 2 weeks and the number will be around 40% anyway.
I was listening to a report on these sorts of figures on some Public Radio show or other while I was driving home yesterday afternoon. What almost caused me to crash into a building though, was when someone made the statement that (paraphrased):
“this sort of issue is likely to undermine the president’s chief strengths, which have been his credibility and his ** skills at foreign policy**. . .”
What The Fuck???
Did I just get pulled into an alternate dimension? Am I somehow living 1984 - has the Ministry of Love has just made a revision to reality?
Though I don’t for a minute see it myself, I can. . . accept . . . that Bush has an aura of “credibility” with a fair number of people. But since when was Foreign Policy ever considered his strong suit?
I seem to remember that at least one bone of contention between the runners in the last election was that Gore had many, many times Bush’s experience in foreign policy - that Bush could only hope to rely on his cabinet and Dad’s experience.
Beyond that, the total shambles that he’s made of America’s reputation in the international community with his war would have destroyed any misconceptions.
But somehow, it’s only now that he’s being brought low from a throne of foreign-policy mastery?
Of course - now it makes sense - I shoulda thought of that.
And thanks to TWDuke for the nitpick - I was sure I picked the wrong Ministry, but it was the first one that popped to mind. I’ve been wanting to reread that book for some time, but am too afraid that it’ll just freak me out. I remember a time when it was a scary hypothetical. I’m not sure that it’s so hypothetical anymore - thanks not to conspiracy so much as the abundance of sheeple.
In short, Dissonance’ post rings a little too true.