In a sign that President Bush may be beginning to stage his long-anticipated political comeback, the new New York Times/CBS poll finds that his approval rating is up two points from last month, soaring from 27% in June to 29% today.
Republicans gleefully pointed to that and several other numbers in the poll to show that their party was on the upswing. They noted that the percentage of respondents who think the country is on the right track had jumped from 19% to 22%, and that the percentage who approve of Bush's Iraq performance had soared from 23% to 25%.
"We've been going on the offensive, and it's working," chortled one GOP operative. "We've been saying for a long time that the Democrats would overplay their hand, and now we're seeing the effects of that."
The poll numbers are real, but the "news story" is satire. But it wouldn't surprise me in the least to see some Republican dead ender to proclaim that Bush's numbers are going up. But I guess when your polls have fallen to the very center of the earth, there really isn't anywhere else for them to go.
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