'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.