The liberal chattering class has literally gone off its collective rocker. Little negative has occurred since the election -- cabinet shakeups are routine and traditional, and our guys routed the bad guys in Fallujah -- but the way the Left is carrying on you'd think President Bush had issued a string of corrupt pardons, or something.
I wouldn't think Democrat angst could get much worse. Democrats have acted like victims of robbery the last four years, but now they're acting like women scorned, rejected by a dueling banjo-wielding electorate. I guess I suspected they'd take their losses badly, but I didn't realize they'd unshackle all gentlemanly restraints on their septic bitterness.
During the campaign they conjured up all these imaginary misdeeds that President Bush and Vice President Cheney had engaged in, from their fantasies that they lied about Iraqi WMD to the distribution of favors to Halliburton to augment VP Cheney's blind-trusted pocketbook. Each of their fraudulent claims was too preposterous to be taken seriously by any but the gullible class, many of whom were taken in by sheer repetition.
Since the election, liberals have ratcheted up their seething rhetoric, acting as though President Bush, by merely reshuffling his cabinet, has committed a new rash of felonies. They are portraying him as a Machiavellian dictator exerting total control over his docile advisors, from whom he has extracted every ounce of independence en route to an unprecedented Stalinization of American presidential power. This is the same man they depicted but a few short weeks ago as a sock-puppet figurehead fronting for the de facto president, Dick Cheney, and the neocon cabal.
By substituting his longtime confidante Condoleezza Rice for Colin Powell, President Bush has brazenly shown that he really does think he won the election and has the right to try to implement his agenda.