It is the most basic of life lessons, but people always seem surprised when it happens to them. The Democrats who have had plenty to say have now been handed the hammer. We shall soon see how good they are at driving the nail.
The American Century -BBC
"During his first term President Bush bestrode the world like a colossus.
He drew inspiration from the principles of the Project for the New American Century, drawn up in 1997. Among the signatories were Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.
It asked: "Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favourable to American principles and interests?"
The 9/11 attacks and the "war on terror" he declared in a speech soon afterwards allowed him to use the instruments of US power and diplomacy to topple the Taleban and gather support from around the world.
Then there was the "Forward Strategy of Freedom" announced in November 2003, for democracy in the Middle East. "Promoting democracy and freedom in the Middle East will be a massive and difficult undertaking, but it is worthy of America's effort and sacrifice, " he said.
Iraq and the disastrous course of events between Israel and its neighbours have lowered expectations for all that.
And now the mid-term elections, which the Republicans thought earlier this year they had in the bag have confirmed that criticism from fellow Americans has caught up with criticism from around the world."
Comment: There is going to be a lot of comments like these. I pose a question to you. How would you advise GWB to finish his term? What advice would you have for the Democrats and Republicans?