Could Bush Save His Presidency Now?
I was thinking last night, what if Bush did decide to take drastic measures to save his presidency, would it work, or is it simply too late? What if he did get rid of Donald Rumsfeld and reached across the aisle, however short a distance, and replaced Rummy with Joe Lieberman? Such a move would likely provide a boost to his sagging poll numbers, but nothing would really change. Lieberman would keep the war going and “stay the course” as it were. And what if Cheney did resign, would it really make any difference beyond the political front? We all suspect that Cheney is the driving force behind Bush administration policy, but the course is already set, whether Cheney stays or not, and we know that Bush can’t admit mistakes, so a course correction is unlikely.
I am of the opinion that Bush could replace his entire cabinet with Democrats at this point, and all that would happen is Democrats would then share in the blame for this little tyrants future exploits. I don’t think anyone can get through to this man now, he is on his way to rock bottom, and like with most addicts, no one can save him from himself.
And things just seem to be getting worse and worse. The Bush administration has managed to isolate North Korea, and not in a good way, and now they are lashing out. “Pre-emptive strike is not the monopoly of the United States,” they say. There was little doubt that the Bush doctrine would come back to bite us on the ass, and how little Napoleon chooses do respond will probably only inflame the situation. Diplomacy is not his strong suit. When he does attempt it, he ends up either giving away the store or fueling the spread of anti-American sentiments. Short of tying him down and muzzling his petulant mouth, we are bound to see more blunders with dire consequences for our future, and at this point, no amount of cabinet shuffling will help. I doubt he’d even consider it anyway.