Evil Spock at The Needs of the Few has an insightful reflection on the trampling of Shrub's party during the election.
[Excerpt] Could it be that the direct line to God was a bad connection? That he didn’t hear that invading a sovereign nation with manufactured evidence is actually not a Christian thing to do? How about cutting social programs for the needy and poor while giving tax cuts to the richest among us? You’ve got to be kidding us!That must have been a shock to the system. Imagine the utter confusion and bewilderment as he tries to process what went wrong and what this would mean for his now uber-lame duck status. It is sad, isn’t it?
Evil Spock considers the Poor-manipulated-puppet Hypothesis:
See our pity is derived from the fact that we have long seen our leader as a simple pawn of the truly evil neocons in the administration (Rove, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Perle, etc.) We imagine that when the line to God was clear and some sort of policy benefiting the average American was proposed, the Dubya independent thought alarm in Rove’s office would go off and he would dismiss said policy with a simply “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for” wave of the hand.
And then dismisses it...
But then our heart hardens and we come back to something that Bush himself said. The Shakespearean “I’m the decider and I decide what’s best.” Indeed you are, Mr. President. We think Harry S. Truman, another “war” president, also had it right with his motto, “The buck stops here”. Ultimately, no matter how bad the advice and/or manipulation from his puppet masters were, he has been responsible for the past six years.
Unfortunately, what we really need is an impeachment along with a meticulous investigation into everything that went wrong. Without such a reckoning, the "quiet American" types in the shadows are wont to reappear every decade, taking advantage of the tendency of the American "collective" to suffer from anterograde amnesia.