I realize that many people tend to look at things more favorably over time, but I'm trying to think on what measure people could possibly think that Bush43's presidency was a success.
He started an unnecessary war that turned into a disastrous quagmire and caused the other necessary war to turn into a disaster as well. He oversaw the near collapse of the economy, although he does deserve credit for doing the right stuff in the end to save it. He put the country on a fiscal trajectory that went from budget surpluses to record-breaking deficits.
I could go on, but you get the picture. I guess there's a reason Americans are so divided on this. Right now eight in ten Republicans say his presidency was a success, while nine in ten Democrats say it was a failure. Independents are divided, with 43% saying he was a success, pretty close to the national average. Urbanites say failure while suburbanites and people in rural areas are mixed. Elderly voters are much more likely to say he was a success, while younger people say he was a failure by large margins. Call that a Colbert bump.
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