I would be surprised if he makes much effort to combat the Dems as long as they turn a blind eye to Iraq.
The downer would be if the Dems decide to aggressively pursue impeachment. Then, the chuckleheads like Rove get their chance to fight one more bareknuckle round. And all bets would be off at that point.
The real footwork is going to take more than one term. And, frankly, a lot of issues are going to be ignored for the good of the nation.
I suspect, to people's surprise, this Congress is going to actually get thing done with Bush.
A number of factors come into play.
1. Bush will likely accept a sort of detente where he can continue wrecking Iraq and Afghanistan in exchange for letting the Dems move the domestic agenda. The Dems will let him do it because there is no better way short of impeaching Bush.
2. Bush isn't a very hardcore conservative outside the realm of war.
3. Bush is disinclined toward drawn out domestic battles anyhow.
4. Bush and the Dems agree more often than we like to admit. Look at the immigration bill, which stands a much better chance now with the Dems in power.
5. Most of Bush's policies are dead in the water anyhow. No more tax cuts. No Social Security gutting.
Dude, if raising the minimum wage and universal healthcare have become conservative values, then dammit, that's GOOD!!!
The Republicans have long fought battles to destroy Social Security and the minimum wage.
I would offer their failure and even concession to these Democratic values is simpky great for the nation.
Remember, they have basically lost the war on the environment. They're close to losing their last stand against global warming.
They've basically told the electorate its OK to call Democrats conservative. Voters won't dissect that into the degrees that pundits will, anyhow. They'll read it as the Dems' values are no longer extreme.
And pretty soon we'll see Republicans giving up on privatizing Social Security, the same way we had to surrender on gun control.
Honestly, If we have to give them gun rights in exchange for universal healthcare, I'm all for it!
Don't underestimate the human ability to create layers of tantasy truth to ignore reality and reaffirm the ego.
Carville is as egotistical as they come, and people like him require a lot of adoration from other to feel any sense of self worth.
When they sit here and watch the netroots go out and fight on the goalline to get the last two Senate seats, it throws his ego.
I am going to venture a football anology again: people like Carville are like the coaches in football who throw the ball every down and can't figure out why they're losing game after game to teams that commit to running the ball.
They think they're smart enough to change the rules of the game, and they eschew the way the game is really played: on the ground, in the treches. You knock the other guy on his ass. Then you come back and do it again the next down. You keep doing it until the other guy just gives up goes to the sidelines for a breather. Then you knock his replacement on his ass, too.