January 9, 2006

GRASP NARROW END OF WEDGE, RAM THROUGH OWN FOREHEAD (via Kevin Whited):

Americans Say Bush Did Not Break the Law (Angus Reid Global Scan, 1/09/06)

Many adults in the United States believe their president did not act illegally in authorizing the interception of international communications, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 50 per cent of respondents think George W. Bush did not break the law. [...]

Did U.S. president George W. Bush break the law by authorizing the National Security Agency to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects in other countries and people living in the Unites States?

Yes--33%

No--50%


The problem is even worse than it seems for the Democrats. President Bush is so divisive that just icluding his name in a poll question invites hyper-partisan responses. If he suddenly developed the power to heal lepers and you conducted a poll asking whether he should use the power 85% of Democrats would say, "No."

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 9, 2006 12:57 PM
Comments

This poll is silly. I haven't a clue whether this program IS illegal or not (my impression from the blogs is that it probably is not, from the MSM that it almost certainly is), and so my opinion on that question is meaningless. I do, however, have a very strong opinion that based on what I have read about it this program SHOULD NOT BE illegal, and if it is then our counterterrorism priorities are all screwed up (a notion that ~100% of Americans agree with, I would guess).

Posted by: b at January 9, 2006 1:34 PM

Exactly. The 33% that thinks it's illegal is comprised in part by people who think it should be and blame the lefties in congress for that flaw in the law.

Posted by: JAB at January 9, 2006 1:36 PM

A better poll q: if you were president, would you monitor ph calls that Al Qaeda made to the US?

Ever?

Posted by: ras at January 9, 2006 2:03 PM

Then by the same token, if George W. Bush said he'd had a vision in which God told him to lay waste to London with nuclear weapons, 85% of Republicans would say "Go right ahead."

Posted by: apc at January 9, 2006 3:25 PM

serves the limey buggers right!

Posted by: JonofAtlanta at January 9, 2006 3:39 PM

It is full of jihadists.

Posted by: David Cohen at January 9, 2006 4:29 PM

God would tell him to nuke France and that's good for 60% in the polls.

Posted by: oj at January 9, 2006 4:29 PM

Now, now, now, apc, you know as well as I do that God would never tell anyone to nuke London. Paris, maybe, but never London.

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 9, 2006 5:35 PM

It is starting to look more and more as though the whole thing is a sham.

Chappidiquidick Kid is doing a great job of looking as though his heart were in it, but it seems that Schumer and Pelosi are just going through the motions.

I for one will be watching for clues supporting the hypothesis that those people have thrown in the towel and are just acting out a kind of morality play for the benefit of their hard-core base.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 10, 2006 12:30 AM

Oops! Not Pelosi, Feinstein. Sorry about that.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 10, 2006 10:39 AM
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