Actual AFP caption: US President George W. Bush, happy to leave a White House scandal behind on a visit to Virginia, assailed Syria and Iran as terrorism patrons and sought to bolster waning suppport for the war in Iraq(AFP/Mandel Ngan)

Bush’s ass is dragging on the ground, and there’s nowhere to hide. His tushie is raw, let’s kick it again. (WaPo):

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.

Cheney: REUTERS/Bob Snow. Bush: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta.

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.

REUTERS/Larry Downing

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.

The survey also found that nearly seven in 10 Americans consider the charges against Libby to be serious. A majority — 55 percent — said the decision of Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald to bring charges against Libby was based on the facts of the case, while 30 percent said he was motivated by partisan politics.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding