Okay, so as Bill from JC has pointed out, President Bush's approval rating has dropped to an unprecedented and near-Nixonian 28 percent. I hesitate to even do this, because history has shown that State of the Union addresses tend to carve approval points off of incumbent presidents (Bush's last one lost him two points). But just in case the dip takes a few days to register, I'm going to take a chance and revive the approval rating betting pool of last May.
Rules are the same: Pick the date you think Bush's approval rating will hit 27 and leave it in comments. Whoever gets within one day on either side of the actual event wins (as with last year's pool) his or her choice of Flying Spaghetti Monster apparel from CafePress or (new addition) an I'm on the watch list" hat or sticker.
Get your dates in now while you still can. See below for official rules. No purchase necessary. Many will enter, few will win. Vaya con Dios.
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