According to the most recent Gallup poll, President Bush has the highest disapproval rating in over 70 years of polling (hmm, what was happening 70 years ago? oh right, 25% of the country was unemployed).
This fact alone should, in a thinking society, ensure a Democratic victory in November, but according to yet another Gallup poll, however, Mr. McCain ties or beats both of the Democratic candidates running for president.
There are probably a lot of reasons to explain why roughly 20-25% of Americans who think our country is on the wrong path want to elect a man who will ensure that it stays that way for at least the next 4 years. Ok, well, maybe not a lot....I can come up with 2.
1) People in this country are profoundly stupid (there seems to be no light at the end of that tunnel, by the way, as our public education system is completely screwed).
2) The media seems to revel in their love affair with J-tron. He is the Ingrid Bergman to their Humphrey, the Ellen Page to their Michael Cera. They drop phrases like "maverick" and "straight-talker" as if that alone is enough to separate him from the dying gasps of the Bush administration and their failed policies. The man is a pandering buffoon now people, and the sooner journalists get off the "Straight-Talk Express" and onto the "Reality Railway" the better we will all be.
Read this article by Paul Krugman.