No wonder George W. Bush and his minions are playing politics with the latest terror plot. The president's approval number has just sunk to 33 percent, matching his previous low in May.
His handling of nearly every issue, from the Iraq war to foreign policy, contributed to the president's decline around the nation, even in the Republican-friendly South.
More sobering for the GOP are the number of voters who backed Bush in 2004 who are ready to vote Democratic in the fall's congressional elections -- 19 percent. These one-time Bush voters are more likely to be female, self-described moderates, low- to middle-income and from the Northeast and Midwest.
The Associated Press-Ipsos poll surveyed 1,001 adults and 871 registered voters between Aug. 7 and 9.
Of course, that was before the latest terror scare and the Bush Administration's cynical attempt to play politics with it. We'll just have to wait to see if American voters are fooled by yet another Bush bait and switch. (The Bushies wave their arms and shout: "Wahoo! It's not the terrorists and our failure to catch them that are the biggest threats, it's the Democrats!)