Last week here at Political FootBall we said:
"However, that is all secondary to the larger issue. And that is the Republican's ousted Clinton on a platform that was supposed to bring integrity back to the Oval Office. So recent events must be of great concern to Bush as well as the American people, no matter which party you are beholding to."Today the Washington Post states:
"The ethics findings may be particularly upsetting to a president who came to office in 2000 vowing to restore integrity and honor to a White House that he said had been tainted by the recurring scandals of the Clinton years."Now doesn't that sound familiar? Thanks for reference guys, but a link would have been appreciated.
"A majority of Americans say the indictment of senior White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby signals broader ethical problems in the Bush administration, and nearly half say the overall level of honesty and ethics in the federal government has fallen since President Bush took office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News survey.But we wouldn't go so far as some of our fellow bloggers to tar and feather everyone just yet. Everybody has the right to presumption of innocence unless proven otherwise.
The poll, conducted Friday night and yesterday, found that 55 percent of the public believes the Libby case indicates wider problems "with ethical wrongdoing" in the White House, while 41 percent believes it was an "isolated incident." And by a 3 to 1 ratio, 46 percent to 15 percent, Americans say the level of honesty and ethics in the government has declined rather than risen under Bush."
"In the aftermath of the latest crisis to confront the White House, Bush's overall job approval rating has fallen to 39 percent, the lowest of his presidency in Post-ABC polls. Barely a third of Americans -- 34 percent -- think Bush is doing a good job ensuring high ethics in government, which is slightly lower than President Bill Clinton's standing on this issue when he left office."Bush's low approval ratings will be of major concern to the White House. And that's not good for the country because he will be more distracted with improving his tarnished image than governing.