Bush’s Presidency has been defined by the war on terror, but not in the ways that Rove intended: nonexistent W.M.D.s, Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, Gonzales’s acquiescence in memos condoning forms of interrogation outlawed by the Geneva Conventions, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation. Today, Gonzales has the support of few Republicans except the President. Rove, who once boasted of a permanent Republican majority, is facing a subpoena from a Democratic Congress. The Bush Administration is struggling to regain the trust of the American public and to avoid a constitutional showdown over executive power—something it never, ever expected.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Actually, I Did Expect This. Or Something Very Much Like It
Dorothy Wickenden offers a commentary (Never, Ever Land) in the coming week's edition of The New Yorker that nicely summarizes the US Attorney Firings scandal and goes on to sum up the Bush administration: