Hank Aaron holds the lifetime record of 755 homers, but Barry Bonds (when not riding the bench) is determined to overtake him.
Bonds is not alone in his determination to make history. Just as Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak is widely regarded as an unbreakable record, it seemed implausible that any President would be able to duplicate the feat achieved by Harry Truman (who didn’t deserve it) and Richard Nixon (who deserved it in spades) of leaving the Presidency with a job-performance rating in the low 20s.
But the Formerly Beloved Leader is persistent. He’s been stuck for about a month just below 30, a hard place to go down from, but the Mission Accomplisher won’t give up. And he’s found a move that may just do the trick: yesterday Mr. Bush threatened to veto a bipartisan measure to extend health insurance to a few million children of the working poor.
At this rate, I wouldn’t put it beyond GWB to end his term with ratings in the mid-teens.
Truly a champion. And he doesn’t even use anabolic steroids.