How big a failure will history judge Bush?
Let me state it loud and clear: in the eyes of history, the Bush presidency is going to be seen as an abject failure, a bottom-of-the-barrel presidency. Simply on a matter of effectiveness, what has this President achieved, besides tax cuts for the rich? He started a war with Iraq to secure its oil for us and to plant U.S. military bases in the middle of the Middle East, and when that blew up in his face, he spun it as an attempt to bring freedom to Iraq -- but so far all it's brought is terror and destruction and one great big fucked-up country.
Now, in his second term, he's trying to destroy Social Security with a lot of spin about private, er, personal accounts, but the country is having none of it. Watch him become a lame-duck president years before his term ends.
His biggest 'achievement' is this: He took a country that, after 9/11, could have added moral leader of the world to its titles of military and economic leader (let's not forget there were huge candle-lit vigils for us in Iran right after 9/11) -- and he turned us into the skunk of the world, a pariah nation. He destroyed our good name.
Clinton almost got impeached for fucking a woman -- what punishment does a president get for fucking his country? The verdict of history. Karl Rove won't be able to spin that one.