President Bush will begin his second term in office without a clear mandate to lead the nation, with strong disapproval of his policies in Iraq and with the public both hopeful and dubious about his leadership on the issues that will dominate his agenda, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.Okay, I buy it. But how is it that I keep seeing that the President and his cronies claim he has a mandate?
Bush sees his reelection as a mandate to take his conservative revolution to a new level.Hmmm... so what's the real deal?
"Let me put it to you this way," he said on Nov. 4. "I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it."
He's spent the months since then laying the groundwork for a series of bold initiatives that have been part of his shopping list as well as the permanent backlist of conservative ideas -- items loved by true believers but previously considered too divisive to put into law.
I know what I think.