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Staying the Course, Altering the Rhetoric

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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ABOUT FACE Bush

After Tuesday's purging of his royal court, King George II promised to stride across the Congressional aisle and work toward a successful bipartisanship. Could it be that after four years of staying the course his comedy of errors could end in a dignified flourish?

Eh, not so much.

Bush took a day to repent for his sins—then put his do-nothing Congress to task. Our president wants bills giving him power to wire-tap potential terrorists (and maybe the New York Times), a confirmation of never-confirmed John Bolton for UN ambassador, and the passage of legislative measures that extend Bush's strength and diminish those of Congress to stop him—all before the Democrats take their seats in January. It's as if the Joker took over Capitol Hill and Batman was stuck in the worst traffic ever.

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Through Bush's own eloquent words, Radar wades through the muck, tracing the Pres's seemingly drunken shift in rhetoric (after the jump).

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