The FT catalogs a litany of the obstacles for President Bush achieving anything meaningful in his last 22 months in office. At the core of it all is the Iraq war, which has reduced Bush’s popularity to the point where he has no more political capital to spend.
Compounding this are huge domestic mistakes, ranging from the poor treatment of soldiers at Walter Reed hospital to the unusual terminations of Republican U.S. Attorneys. The author then turns to review the Democratic Congress’ efforts to check and balance the executive branch, an art lost for the past six years.