How Soon We Forget?

Larison analyzes a new poll:

Ben Smith notes that 44% now say they would prefer to have Bush as President according to a recent PPP poll. At first, that seems startling because of the tremendous improvement in Bush’s approval numbers that this represents, but it is more interesting as evidence of how quickly people forget their complaints against an earlier government and how ready they are to edit their memories of that time selectively to make them seem much better than the present. It is also a product of a partisan reflex for people to insist that the President from their party was better.