Hapless Senate Republicans. Emboldened Senate Democrats. And a second-term president facing nothing but politically risky choices. Those are the outcomes of a bruising, months-long battle over John Bolton’s nomination to be United Nations ambassador – and it’s not over.
A Republican congressional agenda that includes major revisions in Social Security, tax cuts, creation of a national energy policy and expansion of trade with Latin America must now contend for time and energy with the hottest topic on Capitol Hill – a battle for the Supreme Court.
As measured by ongoing social science surveys, Americans are no happier now than they were 50 years ago and indeed the percentage of people who describe themselves as “very unhappy” has risen by about 20 percent. By some estimates, rates of depression are 10 times higher than they were in the 1950s.
The Bush Administration is scrambling behind the scenes to stop a criminal indictment against Presidential advisor Karl Rove for disclosing classified information to reporters in an attempt to discredit a White House critic.