The truth is that the president is playing a very high-stakes game of chicken with his fellow Republicans. He's driving a hundred miles an hour toward the cliff, way too fast to jump out of the car without risking serious injury. But as the cliff gets closer, they'll start to jump.
Lugar in his speech Monday night said he wasn't going to vote against Bush, so in reality he's still just sitting in the backseat and wetting himself while saying maybe they should have stopped at Stuckey's at the last intersection.
Bush is pretty much Evel Knievel while Iraq is the Caesar's Plaza fountain -- and only Dick Cheney brought his helmet.