Plumbing the depths of unpopularity.
It's one thing to say that Social Security phase-out is unpopular. But it seems that President Bush has done such a disastrously bad job pitching it that it barely has majority support among wealthy business owners.
In a poll highlighted on Daniel Gross's new blog, it turns out that phase-out polls 48% among "affluent consumers", a mere 52% among "business owners" and only 59% among "owners of larger businesses."
So, in other words, if the president could only restrict the franchise to owners of large businesses, he might actually be able to pull this off.