'Rally round the president when the nation is at war' is the American tradition -- but only for a time. Bush was able to keep Iraq at bay long enough to get re-elected, but the debacle threatens to derail his second term.
When it comes to dealing with the many energy-related crises we're facing, can the Bushies really go on pretending that their policies are any more forward-looking than a rerun of <i>That '70s Show</i>?
By even the most charitable standard, the effort to rebuild Iraq has been an unmitigated disaster – it's a cornucopia of waste, fraud, cronyism, secret no-bid contracts and profiteering cloaked in patriotism.
All indications point to a radical turnaround in young voter turnout in the coming election – a turnaround fueled by a force more powerful than all the electoral hurdles placed in young people's way.
Thanks to a tidal wave of polls, focus groups, Powerpoint presentations, slideshows, studies, and laboratory dissections, we now know more about undecided voters than we do about almost anyone else involved in the 2004 campaign – including the candidates.