December 17, 2005
“He's Done”

Laura Rozen’s article, “He’s Done”, inspired some fine cover art for the December 2005 issue of the American Prospect. I don’t wanna impinge on their copyright, so I won’t reproduce it here. But I wish I could figure out how to link directly to the artwork. Anyway, check it out.

Ms. Rozen’s article was what brought me to the site:

When future historians chronicle the fall of the Bush presidency, they’ll point to a single week in late October and early November when the Bush White House’s reputation for competence in national-security matters was punctured, its chokehold on Congress was brought to a crashing low, and a torrent of questions about the means by which the White House took the country into war in Iraq gained new urgency.

It began on Tuesday, October 25, the day a terrible threshold was passed as the 2,000th U.S. soldier was killed in Iraq. Three days later, after weeks of anticipation, the grand jury convened by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald handed down an indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney’s powerful chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, on five counts of obstruction of justice, perjury and false statements related to Libby’s alleged efforts to cover up his role in outing a CIA officer to the media in retaliation for her husband’s criticisms of the intelligence rationale by which the Bush administration took the country to war. And then, four days after the Libby indictment, on November 1 — one day shy of the first anniversary of the election that delivered Bush and Cheney a second term and increased the Republican majority in Congress — the Democrats shut down the Senate, taking the chamber into closed session to demand the release of a long-stalled Senate Intelligence Committee probe into policy-makers’ use of pre-Iraq War intelligence.

By mid-November, Bush was below 40-percent approval in every poll. In one survey, 58 percent of respondents questioned his integrity — not his job performance, his personal integrity. Almost overnight, Churchill morphed into Nixon. And while the Bush presidency still has three more years, the “9–11 presidency” — the way in which the administration has used the threat of terrorism to advance its aims and bully its opponents — is definitely over. Bush will never be Churchill again.


Posted by Chuck Dupree at December 17, 2005 12:06 AM
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I agree that it's a great article, and I agree that the period identified was a public turning point. I think, however, that the real turning point came earlier. Before Bernard Kerrick, the administration got its way on everything. They lost Kerrick, and they've lost a lot of battles since then. That's what I mark as the turning point.

Posted by: Carl Manaster on December 17, 2005 10:19 AM

Ms Rozen's article is accurate and to the point. Until the events chronicled, Bush and company seemed always to re-frame debates and dictate the agenda, even when it was clear that Bush had lost the Social Security debate, for example. But with the events of October/November, the tide had changed; bush has been on the wane ever since. A recent bump is already spent and an incipient Shiite theocracy will drive home Bush's utter failure in Iraq —his tar baby and constant reminder of his failed Presidency.

Posted by: Len Hart on December 25, 2005 11:20 PM
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