Excellent analysis from the NYT about Bush's stubbornness and the effect it's having on the Republican party: (My bold) First off, this is nothing at all new. Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, in Bush's first year in office, described not only Bush but his entire cabinet as "like a blind man in a roomful of deaf people." What is new is that it is finally affecting the party. Some voters are beginning to wise up, and Republican congressmen, seeing their election year chances going down the crapper if they stay loyal to Bush, are starting to abandon ship. The idea that Bush could be "in good spirits" given what is going on only serves to enhance his blind-deaf image. Look at some of those sentences again: That reminds me a lot of Reagan, who similarly turned a deaf ear towards anyone who wanted to explain the facts of life to him. Another part that scares me: This has been rather obscured by the fact that, up until now, Congress has been going along with Bush, giving him pretty much everything he's wanted. The Dubai deal, however, exposed the fact that he's willing to turn on his own party if they should choose to defy him. But if you consider the fact that Bush has already announced, through words and actions, his disdain for the judiciary, what you inevitably come out with is a president who considers himself a monarch, answerable to no one but his own conscience (if you can excuse the use of that word in relation to Bush). And that is positively Nixonian. Further: Which means, as usual, that the problem is not with his actions but with your perceptions. And finally: This has been the sum and entirety of anything even close to open-mindedness from Bush: "I understand that you disagree, but you're wrong. You'll see." Believe it or not, on some level this pleases me, because this is good news for Democrats. The more Bush becomes detached from reality, the more his party fractures. While I hope Bush never goes so far off the deep end that he declares martial law, I will sit back and watch and hope that he continues to destroy his party.