Let's go down the list:
--Iraq. I mean, you know. Nothing new, really, but..... somewhere over the last few months seems to have crossed over into some kind of political death zone. Like, nobody's talking purple finger democracy any more and the only talking point left to the Republicans is some kind of bizarre "we fucked it up so we must be allowed to, um, keep doing whatever it is we are doing because we are mean and strong and democrats are weak and fearful". I mean, they sound insane, and given the poll numbers apparently not just to the usual suspects.
-- NIE report said to contain conclusion that Iraq is making terrorism worse. President blusters, tells everyone to wait to make up their mind until they read it. It says Iraq making terrorism worse. Huh?
--Woodward's book reveals Tenet runs over to White House with his hair on fire to press urgent sense that al Qaeda attack is imminent. White House and Condi claim no such meeting. Meeting is confirmed, White House and Condi say "oh, that meeting", yeah, they took Tenet very seriously. Except for the part about apparently forgetting it ever happened. All of this in the climate of renewed discussion of who did what when after Clinton's push back against Wallace, which was supposed to afford the right a nostalgic trip down "volatile crazy liberal lane" and a firming up of the pre-election "Clinton did it" meme. Rove. Eyes. Blood.
--Foley scandal. Good lord. Are these guys just tired of pretending to govern and trying to get tossed out? Foley, bad, House leadership sitting on it, worse, Hastert's completely brain dead response, changing his story every 15 minutes for the first day, completely flabbergasting. Don't they have handlers or something?
-- And, just because he apparently felt left out, Bill Frist allows as how the Taliban, the practically-a-chapter-of-al-Qaeda Taliban is so mighty that it cannot be defeated and should instead be made part of the Afghani government. Karl Rove's dog explodes.
Really, I've never seen the like of it. On top of the ongoing abysmal poll numbers and the seemingly endless Abramoff related fall-out and assorted scandals it's positively biblical.
I fully expect a sky blackening cloud of locusts to emerge from Dick Cheney's mouth.
And it all hits at supposed Republican strengths: national security and morals. I dunno, if Rove has an October surprise up his, um, sleeve, he better pull it out pretty quick and it better be huge. Cause another week or two of this and it really won't matter anymore.