I am a believer in the honest villain or hero. Say what you will do, stick by it, and live with the consequences of your beliefs. I've written on this before. The bottom line is that everyone can scramble to survive, do things their own way, but darn it, accept the results of life while being 'honest' to your beliefs.
Bush said that he didn't care about polls. He was a man of conviction and resolute direction. This is fine. He said that he had the right people beside him, and they were going to stay there until the end because they shared his vision. This is fine too. Very very scary, but fine.
So, the Republicans loose both houses. What happens? Bush jettisons Rumsfeld. He then says that he wants to play-nice. What happened? Where is the conviction? One conclusion I can draw is this: Bush is a Bully. He was big and bad when his guys had his back. Now that he is alone, facing the world without the fists of Republican controlled House and Senate, Bush loose his resolute direction.
I asked my lovely gf about this. She was in the military, had worked in Washington, and knows about how things flow in politics. I asked, “why has Bush changed his tune? If the convictions were good enough then to ignore the polls, the sentiment of the population are large, why are they not good enough now?”. Her answer was that Bush needs the Congress to fund his initiatives. He needs their support to make things happen. This was a good answer. However, it only reinforces my feeling that Bush is a Bully. Why couldn’t he be a pragmatist? Well, perhaps a repenting bully is a pragmatist. I would not have the bully to start with.
Your feelings please... Is there another way to look at this