Commentators are writing George W. Bush's political obituary. And why not? Things do seem pretty grim for the president, with surveys indicating that public disapproval (53% in Realclearpolitics.com's poll of polls) outweighs support (42.2%) by a hefty margin.Well, if you say so, Max.
The top item on his second-term agenda — Social Security reform — has no chance of passage. His party is mired in scandal, with former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and ex-federal procurement czar David Safavian under indictment. Charges of cronyism and incompetence swirl around the White House. Even conservatives are jumping ship over the president's spending binge and his nomination of a total nonentity — an empty blouse — for the Supreme Court.
And none of it matters.
Why doesn't it matter? Because the great Ronald Reagan endured second-term screw ups (including some un-Constitutional un-tidiness called Iran-Contra) and, as well all know, Reagan went on to become THE MOST POPULAR HUMAN BEING OF ALL TIME.
Likewise, Bush's legacy will not be defined by who he put on the Supreme Court, how he responded to Hurricane Katrina or what he spent. Posterity will look at the bottom line — his record on peace and prosperity. And what will it find?My guess: IOUs on both accounts.