When you think about it, the White House has had nearly an unprecedented run of bad news. Then again, after 9/11, they had an unprecedented run of legislative victories. Almost all of their victories were unopposed. The Patriot Act. Tax Cuts. More Tax Cuts. The authorization for the Iraq war. No Child left behind. Almost everything that the Bush administration proposed from September 2001 through August of 2005 was rammed through Congress almost completely and totally unopposed. Then, Katrina happened. I should back up, just a half a second, and note that Cindy Sheehan happened in the summer of 2004. Cindy Sheehan was an interesting phenomenon. No matter how much she was vilified by the right, the American public didn’t buy it. She was the beginning of the awakening of the American public to the disaster that is the Bush Administration.
The American public has seen one disaster after another. The Iraq war. Hurricane Katrina. Wage stagnation. CEO pay inflation. Walter Reed. Now the Scooter Libby trial.