Times Change

Let’s just hope [Rove]’s not implying that Bush will follow FDR’s lead and turn his attention to taking the country to war.

That’s Peter Beinart, shrill Bush-hater and anti-war “doughface” for the record. It seems to me that if Democrats do take congress and create a hostile legislative environment, this really might increase the odds that Bush turns his attention to taking the country to war. Lame-duck status and congressional opposition have traditionally spurred presidents to take refuge in the greater autonomy offered by foreign policy adventures. The public might not stand for it, but Bush doesn’t have a designated successor sitting in the naval observatory whose political fortunes he needs to defend.