Thursday, October 13, 2005

The Big Split?

Newsweek's Howard Fineman claimed yesterday that "the Conservative Crack-Up" is beginning. He writes:
The “movement” – that began 50 years ago with the founding of Bill Buckley’s National Review; that had its coming of age in the Reagan Years; that reached its zenith with Bush’s victory in 2000 — is falling apart at the seams.

Fineman claims that the Republican party base and the conservative coalitions are going to "go there separate ways" and turn from their support for president Bush.

This is categorically false. Power Line explains why.

The most striking aspect of Power Line's rebuttal to Fineman is their comparison of the approval ratings of the past seven presidents. While there has been much talk of Bush's dip in approval and the threat it potentially poses, the president is actually not in that bad of shape.

His approval rating of 41.7% is the lowest of his presidency. But consider the lowest approval ratings of the past seven presidents:

Johnson: 35%
Nixon: 24%
Ford: 37%
Carter: 28%
Reagan: 35%
Bush I: 29%
Clinton: 37%


So while liberal journalists like Fineman who yearn for a Democrat-dominated United States can contest that conservatism as we know it is coming to and end, we can be certain that it most definitely is not, and will not be any time soon.