Given my tendency to write essays, I sometimes bury the meat of my posts after the jump. So, I decided to separate post to list the conclusion of my prior post where I list the broad areas of President Bush’s failure. I flesh them out a little in the post, so check it out to read my explanation.
But, if you’re pressed for time, here are the main reasons (in my view) for the slide in the president’s popularity in his the second half of his first term and his second term.
- Taking his popularity in the wake of 9/11 for granted and not doing enough to defend his character and promote his programs. (And as per Jack Goldsmith, this applies to the way he dealt with Congress.)
- Not realizing that the increased security expenditures in the wake of 9/11 should mean cuts from other areas of the budget.
- Seeing his reelection a a personal vindication and appointing cronies instead of competent conservatives to posts of power and influence.