The beginning of the end for Bush.

A nation long afflicted with “Bush fatigue” anxiously takes its first step tonight towards ending the Bush presidency. Not surprisingly, President Bush does not plan to stay up to watch the Iowa caucus results. From today’s Progress Report:

In Jan. 2007, Newsweek conducted a poll asking Americans if “they wish the Bush presidency [were] simply over.” Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they did, including 59 percent of independents and 21 percent of Republicans. Today in Iowa, the final chapter of President Bush’s two terms in office will begin to unfold as an estimated 200,000 to 240,000 voters participate in the first nominating battle of the 2008 election. With Bush’s approval rating hovering around 33 percent — and with roughly 67 percent of Americans believing that the country is on the “wrong track” — a common thread running through the campaigns of the candidates from both parties is the need for a break from the policies and passions of the Bush years.

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