If there's any comfort we (and by we, I mean America-hating communist liberals like myself and most of the people reading this) can take from the second term of George W. Bush, it's that even now, he's putting the "lame" in "lame duck". Faced with a Senate full of fellow Republicans who are either facing re-election or forming presidential designs of their own, Bush, whose approval ratings are at a record low for a sitting President at this point in his term (he's even beating Nixon!), is suddenly unable to get any legislation passed whatsoever. Looking at his abysmal poll numbers, even his most loyal partisans on Capitol Hill are starting to wonder if the guy is kind of a fuck-up. Social Security "reform" is dead in the water; the emergency fatten-the-rich backup to Social Security "reform", a repeal of the inheritance tax, seems likewise doomed; and the economy gurgles along with little to no help or hindrance from the man in the Oval Office. He'll still be able to do plenty of harm, of course; like all lame ducks, he'll manage to find ways to fuck things up with executive orders. But given his rather dismal records in the areas of domestic policy, economic reform, the environment, foreign affairs and social issues, it's more than likely that his "legacy" will consist of having started a war in Iraq that pretty much everyone seems to agree is a washout.
Best of all (from my perspective, at least, as a right-wing opinion junkie), even his toadies in the neo-con media are starting to get ballsy enough to gainsay him. Take a look at today's Town Hall
: Peter Brookes
tells the Pentagon to quit fucking around in the Near East and pay attention to China; Suzanne Fields
warns her fellow right-wingers to cut out all the hysteria over stem cells; Mark Tapscott
bitches that the GOP are "spending federal tax dollars like drunken sailors"; and even stalwarts like Cal Thomas
are urging the President to quit ducking Cindy Sheehan. (Of course, Thomas wants Bush to convince her the war was the right thing to do, but he does criticize Bush for essentially hiding from the bereaved mother.) Even the unflappable Armstrong Williams
has come to his senses and now thinks the Iraq war is a disaster we'd best soon be shed of.
Of course, there's no such thing as a miracle, and all these articles are buried in the usual tripe like state-sanctioned harridan Phyllis Schafly
griping about how the queers are taking over our schools, full-time windbag David Limbaugh
urging President Shithead to stay the course, and professional office snitch Mike Adams
exposing the horrors of "The University of Nude Copulating Asians".
But it's a start.