It seems George Bush just can't catch a break right about now — and, for him, it appears the situation may be about to get worse.
His nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the enigmatic White House Counsel Harriet Miers, is finding opposition on the left and the right as calls for withdrawing her nomination intensify.
Meanwhile, as American support for his invasion and occupation of Iraq drops significantly, more bad news has emerged: The US military death toll in Iraq has hit the 2000 mark.
And then, there is Plamegate: Over the weekend, Bush reportedly was warned that the federal grand jury investigation of the alleged leaking of the identity of a covert CIA operative may bring bad news for the administration sooner rather than later. Rumors say as many as five indictments may come down — perhaps later today; CBS News corroborates the scuttlebutt. That news must be a wee bit scary, to say the least, for those implicated in the scandal: White House senior adviser Karl Rove; Lewis "Scooter" Libby, chief of staff for the vice-president; and perhaps even Libby's boss, Dick Cheney. Others may be involved in alleged shenanigans as well, and the possible nefarious activity may include an illegal coverup.
Might Bush's own day of reckoning be on its way? While reveling in schadenfreude is abhorrent, he must be held accountable for what he has wrought, and it can not come too soon.
Think about it: Determined to reverse settled law he doesn't like, he nominated a crony — a political and judicial question mark-- for a lifetime appointment on the highest court in the land. Behind closed doors, at least one right-wing religious leader was told not to worry, wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more. Meanwhile, as the administration refused to allow access to position papers Miers wrote as White House counsel, rank-and-file Americans and their senators learned precious little about her. And yet, the Resident expected them to confirm her. "Trust me," Shrubbie said, as if that would settle the matter.