George W. Bush, apparently not satisfied with what looks to be a massive electoral repudiation of him, his policies and his sycophants inside government and out, is attempting to put more fuel on the fire. In a campaign speech today, he stated "However they put it, the Democrat approach in Iraq comes down to this: The terrorists win and America loses". The only comfort I take in this despicable statement is that Bush is a perfect indicator: whatever he states as true is virtually always demonstrably false. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his dog.
The amusing thing at this point is how Bush is avoiding (or being asked to avoid) closely contested districts like the plague. It seems that whenever he appears, the local Republicans discover previously unknown scheduling conflicts and appointments (most likely at the local Kinko's to work on their resumes). He is still appearing in districts in the South, because as a political observer in North Carolina memorably put it, "Having the president in your district in the South is still probably a risk worth taking".
Some believe that a large Republican loss in this election will make Bush more circumspect, and more likely to moderate his approach and look for compromise with Democrats. I don't believe it for a minute. I see a future of increasingly irrelevant shrillness, until he finally becomes the embarrassing old man shuffling through our newspapers and television broadcasts, incoherently warning about phantoms, contradicting himself from one sentence to another, while everyone does their best to avert their eyes and hope for 2009 to arrive as quickly as possible.