Frankly, Bush is toast
No, it's not just an inventory of administration manipulation, lies and craven self-interest; it's a rundown on the flagging polls, messaging missteps and infighting among pundits on the right.
Timothy Karr comments on similarities to LBJ's political dilemma during Vietnam:
"... What lies ahead now in Iraq instead is not victory, which Mr. Bush has never clearly defined anyway, but an exit (or triage) strategy that may echo Johnson's March 1968 plan for retreat from Vietnam... The sputtering response of the right's message machine gives testimony to Rich's dead aim. The right blogosphere can only point fingers, wave the flag and blame the messenger. Their A-list of on-air bloviators can turn up their trademark spittle and volume but none can challenge him on the facts. History has caught up with their histrionics."To those who say: well, he's a lame duck anyway, so what does it even matter if Bush has lost the confidence of the public, Karr argues that the rest of the rats won't go down with that ship:
"With mid-term elections looming, the president could become a liability for Republicans seeking office in '06."
(For more on Cindy Sheehan and "the tipping point" see today's story: Cindy, Don and George.)