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Jonesing for Bubba

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CNN is reporting that the country is growing nostalgic for Bill Clinton, probably the finest Republican president of my lifetime (clip here):

In a new poll comparing President Bush’s job performance with that of his predecessor, a strong majority of respondents said President Clinton outperformed Bush on a host of issues.

Since they don’t list any issues where Dubya outperformed Bubba, I think the appropriate language would be "outperformed Bush on every issue," but who’s to quibble. 

The poll of 1,021 adult Americans was conducted May 5-7 by Opinion Research Corp. for CNN. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Respondents favored Clinton by greater than 2-to-1 margins when asked who did a better job at handling the economy (63 percent Clinton, 26 percent Bush) and solving the problems of ordinary Americans (62 percent Clinton, 25 percent Bush).

On foreign affairs, the margin was 56 percent to 32 percent in Clinton’s favor; on taxes, it was 51 percent to 35 percent for Clinton; and on handling natural disasters, it was 51 percent to 30 percent, also favoring Clinton.

Moreover, 59 percent said Bush has done more to divide the country, while only 27 percent said Clinton had.

And what about, you know, the character thing?  Given that Dubya was going to sweep into office and restore integrity to the White House and all.  It is somewhat surprising that Clinton beat Bush on that too, 46% to 41%.

Then again, maybe not. 

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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