So last night saw the unofficial end of George W. Bush's presidency. Yes, there is still two years left before it's all said and done. But it's over now. Little, if anything, is going to be done over the next two years of his presidency.
There are several reasons for this. First, presidents who only have two years left in their second term are typically lame ducks. As their time as president comes to an end, their party begins to abandon them. Policies the White House might want to push becomes secondary to the agendas of the the Senate and the House. And really, the race for 2008, if hadn't begun already is certainly now in full gear. Within the next 10 months you'll start to see people from both parties declaring their intention to run.
And with the House and apparently the Senate both in Democrat hands, Bush is going to find it much harder to get anything done. There's going to be a lot of deadlock and posturing in the lead up to '08. Talk of bi-partisan cooperation today was such unbelievable bullshit I'm surprised that anybody could say it with a straight face.
Finally with Rumsfeld quitting/forced out, it's all but admission from Bush that he's doomed for the next couple of years. He couldn't do a damn thing with him there, he was too hated by Democrats and Republicans at this point.
So are the Democrats winning going to make things all better? Not likely. It probably won't make that much of a difference in the United States, much less the rest of the world. I appreciate there's a lot of rejoycing going on around the world today, but I don't see that it makes a lot of difference. The U.S. is still going to be in Iraq for several more years. That's not going to change. Maybe it will be better run that the debacle it's been the last few years. But they aren't leaving any time soon.
Nor am I convinced the Democrats will run things any better. One particularly funny comentator said today trusting the Democrats to do a better job of running the war is like firing a babysitter you're unhappy with and hiring Michael Jackson.
Like I said...I don't know that the U.S. or the world is a much better place tonight. Delay or Lott was right today when the said the Democrats didn't win the election, the Republicans lost. I didn't hear many great ideas from them during this campaign. Then again, when your opponent is self-destructing like the Republicans were the past few weeks, why say anything.
I think everyone feels better. It's like you can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and please God, don't let it be a train.
I guess that's better than how people felt on Nov. 6