It may seem perverse to suggest that, at the very moment the House of Representatives is repudiating his policy in Iraq, President Bush is poised for a political comeback. But don't be astonished if that is the case.
Like President Bill Clinton after the Democrats lost control of Congress in 1994, Bush has gone through a period of wrenching adjustment to his reduced status. But just as Clinton did in the winter of 1995, Bush now shows signs of renewed energy and is regaining the initiative on several fronts.
More important, he is demonstrating political smarts that even his critics have to acknowledge.
Perverse indeed! This presidency is dead, period. Like a degenerate gambler who doesn't have a comprehension of sunk costs, Bush is doubling down on his greatest failure. How that demonstrates political smarts, I'll never know.
I guess Broder's heart is all aflutter because Bush deigned to take reporters questions yesterday in a one hour presser so Broder ran to editors to fluff Bush in today's paper.
Somebody please put Broder out to pasture.