That's what I'm hoping at least will happen when this charade is over. Bush has worked himself into a corner, actually many corners, which are hard to get out of, if not impossible. Things like saying there were WMDs and now there aren't global warming is a theory, now there's pretty unanimous agreement that it's real, evolution religion on and on and on. What the Bush administration is looking like isn't so much a political dynasty having some bad times as something in its death throes about to give its last. I think that the creature which is in question is actually the Reaganite current of reaction, which began in the early eighties, was moderated a bit in Bush Sr. and Clinton's administrations, and is now back and finding that increasingly it doesn't have a leg to stand on, a pot to piss in, or a window to throw it out of.
There seems to be a deeper link between the general cultural and social politics which define our current era and the Bush administration than people usually acknowledge. Aren't the issues that we're fighting with Bush the same issues that people faced opposing Reagan? More importantly, these issues have been a fixture in our national political scene for so long that it's almost impossible to think of them as not being there. Imagine, for instance, Christian Fundamentalism no longer being a defining factor in our political life. Imagine what would happen if they were decisively defeated because of the sheer duplicity and corruptness of the Bush administration.
If all of that Christian fundamentalist junk was cleared away there'd be such an opening of culture possible that we'd probably not easily return to a situation where they had credibility. The forces that Reagan and Bush represent are very good at obstructing agendas from being put into place but bad at putting a vision of society of their own forward for the nation to accept. If the obstruction which the forces which support the two of them is broken through there's not much that they'd be able to put forward to rally people around. They have no ideology--yet.
If all of this happened it would create the opportunity for a national rebirth. Liberealism would be hegemonic yet again and we'd be able to press forward with something in line with the way the rest of the world views the world instead of being an increasingly isolated and irrelevant oddball actor on the world scene---which wants to dig a tunnel back to the 12th century instead of a bridge to the next one (thank you Onion).
Once the obstacles are out of the way one issue after another comes down on the liberal side like so many dominoes falling against each other in a chain reaction.
And finally there becomes room to actually breathe and think in this country again.
It's a wonderful thought.
Let's make it a reality.