"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." - Karl Rove
Cognitive dissonance is what happens in the human brain when a human being is confronted with a fact which his preconceptions tell him cannot possibly be true.
Is Karl Rove - Bush's favorite Turdblossom and America's beloved pus-sack - becoming delusional?
His "personal approval" isn't anywhere NEAR the 60s and people DON'T like this President. (New York Times pdf poll here) In fact, his JOB approval is one percentage point HIGHER than his "personal approval. " He has more than 50% approval in exactly 3 states - Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. NOBODY approves of him, except a few whackjobs.
Polysigh put it best:
"As for Rove's comment that Bush would be popular but for the Iraq War, that's like saying that if it weren't for the Alps, Switzerland would be flat."