It’s only one poll, but that’s a hell of a big number:
Mr. Bushâ€™s job approval has slipped to 34 percent, one of the lowest levels of his presidency, posing a complication for the White House as it seeks to send him out on the road to rally base voters. Mr. Bushâ€™s job approval rating has even slipped with his base: 75 percent of conservative Republicans approve of the way he has handled his job, compared with 96 percent in November 2004.
Mr. Bush clearly faces constraints as he seeks to address the public concerns about Iraq that have shrouded this midterm election: 83 percent of respondents thought that Mr. Bush was either hiding something or mostly lying when he discussed how the war in Iraq was going. [emphasis mine]
That blows past the crazification factor, and shatters the BTKWB barrier. If anyone was wondering about the effective limit of the “Fear treason fear treason gays gays gays” approach to U.S. electoral politics, it looks like the Republicans may have reached it.