By The Numbers
***BREAKING: The jury sent a note to Judge Walton at the end of the day today. I've been informed that the contents of the note will be addressed in open court at 9:30 am ET tomorrow morning, following a previously scheduled matter that was already book in for 9:00 am ET. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up. Could be as innocuous as a question about the meaning of a jury instruction, or as substantive as a verdict or a deadlock. We won't know anything further until tomorrow morning. I've got this from two separate sources at the courthouse. Hang onto your hats, kids — and see you in the morning. — CHS***
***UPDATE: I'm told the note from the jury was a question of some sort, but nothing about the type or subject of the question. Just FYI. We'll find out in the morning.***
The jury has left the courthouse for the day. No verdict as yet. So, we'll resume the verdict watch in the morning as they resume deliberations. Until then, something to contemplate:
Dan Froomkin compiled some very interesting polling results for his White House Watch column. The next time someone tells me that disgust with the Bush Administration is the by-product of some liberal plot, I'm just going to link this up:
Consider some of these findings, listed in order of how strongly those views are held. (And I'm only including those with over 55 percent support):
* 67 disapprove of the way Bush is handling Iraq.
* 67 percent oppose sending additional troops to Iraq.
* 66 percent support reducing U.S. military and financial support for the Iraqi government if the Iraqis fail to make progress toward national unity and restoring civil order.
* 64 don't think the war with Iraq was worth fighting.
* 58 percent want Congress to limit the number of troops available for duty.
* 56 percent feel the U.S. should withdraw its military forces from Iraq in order to avoid further U.S. military casualties, even if that means civil order is not restored there.
And in an somewhat related finding:
* 63 percent feel they cannot trust the Bush administration to honestly and accurately report intelligence about possible threats from other countries.
A new Gallup Poll finds that 65 percent of Americans see the British troop withdrawal announcement as a sign that things are going poorly in Iraq, rather than well — contrary to the White House spin.
Another Gallup Poll, this one on the U.S. role in the world, finds that a record 73 percent of Americans say they don't think leaders of other countries around the world have respect for Bush, and 61 percent are dissatisfied with the position of the United States in the world today.
The Gallup Poll traditionally skews conservative — and those numbers are not pleasant for the Bush Administration, now are they? So, explain to me again why, exactly, is anyone kissing the odious Joe Lieberman's rear end? Digby would like to know. And so would Taylor. And Glenn. You can add me to that list as well. Enough with the kabuki — I'd like some spine with my members of Congress, please.
And if they need more incentive to grow one — this is particularly instructive on Lieberman's method of backstabbing his "friends" once he no longer considers them immediately useful. How's that "I got you reelected to protect my Homeland Security funding in NYC" thing working for you now, Bloomie? (H/T to Woodhall Hollow for finding this one.)