Friday, September 26, 2008
The rhetoric and exposure of ill feeling in Congress is extraordinary and an example of where the current administration has lost control of its own party. There isn't much that President Bush can do to round up votes. He is nearly finished with his term, unpopular and considered a wrecker of the Republican Party as it is. His credibility is as low as any modern president. Now, he has to shepherd a huge rescue bill through an angry Congress. It is a case study in reputation -- the lack of it -- and its outcome. Yesterday was supposed to be a triumphant coming together of all sides behind one bill in which the administration had made major concessions. They will try again today. It is interesting and instructive to watch.