These professional hit men (and women), along with their ideological cousins in the Democratic leadership, have been hammering him mercilessly since campaign 2000. Even if he wasn't experiencing difficulties otherwise, it would be a miracle if he could sustain high approval ratings under such a relentless assault.
But they don't see it that way. To them, he's the enemy, and he must be taken out. And they're doing everything they can to make that happen, including rigging the polls against him by oversampling Democrats, and including nonvoters along with voters, to make him appear even less popular than he apparently is. They're visibly salivating at his daily emasculation before our very eyes.
MSNBC's Chris Matthews could hardly contain himself as he pointed out Bush's approval ratings were down to 29 percent. "How do you explain that?" asked the "Hardball" host. "Why, people like him less than they did when they reelected him by a majority vote in November 2004."
Unhappily for the president's bloodthirsty pursuers, the Constitution provides that Bush will remain in office -- absent impeachment or other extraordinary reasons -- until his second term expires. But all is not lost. If they can publicly obsess enough over his record low popularity numbers, they'll have a better chance of achieving indirectly what they've been impotent to pull off directly: a divestment of his power.
You will recall that after exhausting all legal avenues to invalidate his electoral victory in 2000, they "encouraged" him to relinquish his power voluntarily. They first insisted the questionable election results meant he had no mandate and that he must reach out to Democrats.
They demanded he exhibit a new tone of bipartisanship and collegiality, which simply meant that he was to capitulate to their demands. When he accommodated them on several fronts, they slapped him down like a red-headed stepchild, then complained -- in a manner that would have made the "Twilight Zone's" Rod Serling well up with pride -- that he was the one demonstrating partisanship.