Bush goes from ‘lame to dead duck’…

October 1, 2008

Congress approval rating is now just 10%.

The controversy over the failure of the Bush administration’s unpopular financial bail-out is infecting every aspect of government and the presidential election campaign.

Eminent reputations lie in ruins; the august institutions of Congress, the treasury, the Federal Reserve tremble; the presidency itself is shaken. In America’s year of living dangerously, few will emerge unscathed.

The consensus view, if there is one in so divided a nation, is that the US has suffered a calamitous, across-the-board failure of leadership. The bankruptcy is political as well as economic. This conclusion is widely held among both supporters and opponents of the bail-out.

“Monday’s crash and burn of the Paulson plan on Capitol Hill reveals a Washington elite that has earned every bit of the disdain that Americans have for it. This crowd can’t even make sausage,” snarled a Wall Street Journal editorial yesterday. Black Monday’s shambles marked a “historic abdication”.

Rest of story in the Guardian here >

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/01/georgebush.congress

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