I think that we can safely say that Bush is in trouble when even Jessica Simpson is trying to get some distance between the President and herself:
Concerned about politicizing her favorite charity, singer-actress Jessica Simpson Wednesday turned down a invitation to meet with President Bush, a snub that left Republicans dismayed.
The apparent final word that Simpson would be a no-show at a major Republican fund-raiser with Bush and congressional leaders Thursday night came after a day of conflicting reports from her camp and organizers of the event.
and by "politicize" she means "associate it in any way with a wildly unpopular President." When a President is popular, his presence brings legitimacy and needed attention to your charity. When he's polling in the mid-thirties, he brings the dread "politics" with him.
The GOP reply is pretty feeble:
NRCC spokesman Carl Forti said he was surprised at Simpson's position.
"It's never been a problem for Bono,"
Bono, of course, is bigger than the President. There is no way that Bush's bad mojo causes so much as a ripple in Bono's aura. Jessica Simpson, being a mere mortal starlet, has to keep an eye out for her reputation. Bono is beyond such petty concerns.