Bush 'Politically Irrelevant': Experts

US President George W. Bush is increasingly becoming a "lame-duck" struggling to stay relevant in the US political scene, US experts said

Bush 'Politically Irrelevant': Experts
Being hemmed in by public approval ratings stuck to the lowest point of his presidency, a Democrats-controlled Congress and public disenchantment with his Iraq policy, embattled US President George W. Bush is increasingly becoming a "lame-duck" struggling to stay relevant in the US political scene, US experts said Saturday, April 7.

"The real danger is that the president becomes politically irrelevant, that he presides instead of leads," Terry Madonna, professor of politics at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania, told Reuters.

He called Bush is expiring a "full-blown lame-duck" period in which his stature is diminishing.

"Barring a crisis, Congress and the American people won't be paying much attention to what he has to say," he said.

Experts say that no sooner had Bush been hurt by a scandal than he faced another that adds to an avalanche of bad news and pressures at home where he himself became a pariah, not seen alongside any Republican candidate on the campaign trail.

A Newsweek poll warned on March 17 that Americans are becoming increasingly unnerved by the scandals, and want blood.

"End This Madness"

Bush finds himself hemmed in by a Democratic majority who doubts his ability to make things work.

"At this stage, Democrats are reluctant to give the president a major policy success," said Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida.

Since sweeping the November mid-term elections, the Democrats have defied Bush on his domestic and foreign policies.

They have pressed ahead with a legislation linking Iraq war funding to a troop withdrawal timetable despite Bush's veto threats.

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi also challenged Bush's isolation policy against Syria by visiting Damascus for talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad last week.

Bush has become increasingly unpopular among the Americans.

Bush's decline from approval ratings of 90% after the 9/11 attacks to 27% now wth 22 months remaining to go is a case in point.

An avid baseball fan, Bush also declined to throw out the first pitch of the Major League season this week. Aides blamed a scheduling conflict. But there were suspicions the White House feared he would be booed.

Prominent Iraq war opponent Cindy Sheehan urged US President George W. Bush on Friday to "end this madness."

Sheehan, whose soldier son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004, led dozens of protesters to a security checkpoint near Bush's Texas ranch, set up a makeshift altar, and read out names of some of the US dead in Iraq.

"Our message is: Today is Good Friday, when Jesus Christ was killed by the Roman Empire. He rose again on Sunday, came back to life. But our loved ones won't be coming home" from Iraq, she told reporters.
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