Here is a Question and Answer put to Karl Rove today at a speech he gave at the American Enterprise Institute.
Full Transcript at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con
QUESTION: I'd like to ask a question about the president's own poll numbers, which I'm sure you've noticed are a little on the low side right now.
I'd like to ask: Do you think there's a disconnect with the president's poll numbers similar to the one going on with the economy or do you think that there is some other explanation for all that?
ROVE: You know, when you say "the president's own poll numbers," for a moment there, I thought, "Has somebody been walking through Lafayette Park again and dropping documents off?" I don't know.
Look, I don't want to spend a lot of time on polls. Let me just tell you, I'm sanguine. Here's the reason why.
You mentioned our own polls. I know our own polls. I love all these polls. I love reading your polls. I love this mania which has swept through American media today which substitutes polls for coverage of substance.
And you'll work your way through it eventually. There's, I'm sure, going to be a special Betty Ford addiction for those that are addicted to regular poll numbers, but you'll work your way through it.
But the polls I believe are the polls that get run through the RNC. And I look at those polls all the time.
The American people like this president. His personal approval ratings are in the 60s. Job approval is lower. And what that says to me is that people like him, they respect him, he's somebody they feel a connection with, but they're just sour right now on the war. And that's the way it's going to be.
ROVE: And we will fight our way through. The polls will go up; the polls will go down.
I'm confident that when the polls -- the Wall Street Journal-NBC poll shows a jump in the president's popularity, you will give it the same attention that you did when it went down.
And I'm confident, therefore, that we'll get a fair break.
But the fact of the matter is that if you want to govern by waking up and saying, "How am I doing in the polls?" and adjust yourself thereby, you're going to find yourself in one heck of a problem.
So we're going to stay focused on good policy, and confident that that will ultimately take care of the politics of the matter. /
Rove is saying that there really is no connection between Mr. Bush and the War in Iraq! People like Mr. Bush. Anyone that says otherwise isn't seeing the internal Polls that I get to see. But those are top secret and nobody but me can see them. Also, this is all part of the overriding message and talking point of the day: "Mr. Bush is Liked! The Polls in the press (and the press) are WRONG! We are the only ones who really know what the American public think!" Please notice Mrs. Bush and her statements the last few days about how, "My husband is liked!"
I would just love to see the response if Mr. Bush decided to go on SNL like Gore did on Saturday. Do you think he would get booed?