The new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll has the president's approval rating at 57%. It's up from a lowly 51% a couple of weeks ago. This shouldn't be surprising in light of how well the election went.
What was a little surprising is the following little bit of polling data:
In the February poll, the majority of respondents, 61 percent, said that the Iraqi elections went "better than expected," and 31 percent felt it was "about as expected."
Who are these 31% who don't think that the election went better than expected? Are they Bush supporters who have had their rose tinted goggles welded to their heads? Are they people who were sure it would go great the whole time? Somehow I doubt it. My guess is that they are mostly anti-war types who don't have the grace to allow the President this victory. Nothing POTUS does could possibly go better than you thought it would!
Perhaps I'm being to negative. The truly amazing thing is that 92 percent of the population thought that the elections went as good or better than expected.
As far as I can see, the only thing that would have made the Iraq election better is if Tommy had been over there monitoring the thing (as he did the Ukrainian election). Tom would have had the nads to keep a proper eye on things, unlike that milquetoast Jimmy Carter whose organization watched the balloting from Jordan.
Sean adds (to everyone's dismay): Did Noah just say milquetoast?