Welcome to the world of George Walker Bush, Stuffer of flight suits, Faux scourge of terrorists, Commander Coo-Coo Bananas, inerrant by decree of God, the Chimperor Disgustus:
Even as his poll numbers tank, however, Bush is described by aides as still determined to stay the course. He resists advice from Republicans who fear disaster in next year's congressional elections, and rejects criticism from a media establishment he disdains.
"The President has always been willing to make changes," the senior aide said, "but not because someone in this town tells him to - NEVER!"
For the moment, Bush has dismissed discreetly offered advice from friends and loyalists to fire Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and bring back longtime confidant Karen Hughes from the State Department to shore up his personal White House staff.
"He thinks that would be an admission he's screwed up, and he can't bring himself to do that," a former senior staffer lamented.
A continuing theme on this blog, and countless others, is that Bush not only believes that admitting mistakes is bad for politics, but honestly believes he is incapable of making mistakes.
If ever there was a President that believed in the "Devine Right of Kings" it was this spoiled child of privilege.
Any departure of troops will NOT be George Bush's idea, it will be forced upon his by others -- and if there is any way for him to inflict more death and destruction and be, as he perceives it, God's ordained instrument of smiting he shall most certainly do so. Some troops are coming home because they have to, but as few as George Bush can get away with.
The fact that those we have there now are only capable, by sheer numbers, in imposing their will in limited areas and on a limited basis (i.e. voting days) and fewer will be able to do even less, matters not to Bush. As long as he can kill those he perceives to be Satan's Instruments he'll do so.
And sadly, Bush is surrounded by like "limited" minds:
A card-carrying member of the Washington GOP establishment with close ties to the White House recently encountered several senior presidential aides at a dinner and came away shaking his head at their "no problems here" mentality.
"There is just no introspection there at all," he said in exasperation. "It is everybody else's fault - the press, gutless Republicans on the Hill. They're still in denial."
Not ready to throw in the towel and declare the boss a lame duck, the Bushies are hoping two issues can help firm up their base and perhaps make inroads with centrists who voted for Bush: the anticipated confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, and a plan to reinforce the border with Mexico to help stop illegal immigration.
It's going to be a long three years -- for all of us -- but especially for many Republicans that have enabled this idiot and his crew, they, at least, possess something that Bush and his minions do not, a capacity for shame.
It's "Alice in Wonderland" with big ass bombs.