More People Reading Angry Bear

That’s my favorite possible explanation for this story, from the front page of today’s New York Times:

The public’s confidence in President Bush’s ability to deal wisely with an international crisis has slid sharply over the past five months, the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll has found. And a clear majority are also uneasy about his ability to make the right decisions on the nation’s economy.

Over all, the poll found, Americans are for the first time more critical than not of Mr. Bush’s ability to handle both foreign and domestic problems, and a majority say the president does not share their priorities. Thirteen months before the 2004 election, a solid majority of Americans say the country is seriously on the wrong track, a classic danger sign for incumbents, and only about half of Americans approve of Mr. Bush’s overall job performance.

It’s gratifying to see that more and more people are realizing that our criticisms of this administration are exactly right. It’s also gratifying to see that, at least sometimes, the universe works the way it should, and that bad, short-sighted, and venal policies do indeed carry serious long-term costs for the policy makers.