Thursday, December 28, 2006

Pick Your Villian

AP - “Bad guy of 2006: President Bush. Good guy of 2006: President Bush. When people were asked in an AP-AOL News poll to name the villains and heroes of the year, Bush topped both lists, in a sign of these polarized times. Bush won the villain sweepstakes by a landslide, with one in four respondents putting him at the top of that bad-guy list. When people were asked to name the candidate for villain that first came to mind, Bush far outdistanced even Osama bin Laden, the terrorist leader in hiding; and former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who is scheduled for execution. The president was picked as hero of the year by a much smaller margin. In the poll, 13 percent named him as their favorite while 6 percent cited the troops in Iraq. The telephone poll of 1,004 adults was conducted Dec. 19-21 by Ipsos, an international polling firm. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.”

Wow. After 45 months in Iraq Americans think more quickly of Bush as a villian than think of Osama bin Laden as a villian. Does this reflect the current level of frustration over the USA presence in Iraq -or- does this reflect the forgetfulness of the American public in the face of bin Laden's strangely successful effort to stay hidden for the last several years -or- does this just mean that AP/AOL polled a bunch of dim people? How do you Page 132 readers respond to this news item?