"Libertarian Democrat" Terry Michael scoffs at the various self-serving explanations for Bush's low low low approval ratings (e.g., second-term fatigue, White House staff fatigue, fatigue fatigue, etc.) and suggests an alternative:
George Bush's approval ratings are in the toilet for a very simple reason: the self-correcting rough justice, in a transparent democracy, of bad policy and demagogic politics….
Set yourself up as the only reliable defense against terrorist evil-do'ers. Deride the opposition party as aiding and abetting suicide bombers, and failing to support our troops if they question your efforts to make the world safe for theocracy. Then see what happens when something like the Dubai ports deal comes along and has the appearance, even though not the reality, of doing just the opposite of what you promised.
Whole thing here.