An Administration's Epic Collapse

Bush's response to three scandals, says Joe Klein, shows once again that his hyper-partisanship has been a travesty of governance and a comprehensive failure

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U.S. President George W. Bush before speaking at the National Republican Congressional Committee Dinner.

The first three months of the new Democratic Congress have been neither terrible nor transcendent. A Pew poll had it about right: a substantial majority of the public remains happy the Democrats won in 2006, but neither Nancy Pelosi nor Harry Reid has dominated the public consciousness as Newt Gingrich did when the Republicans came to power in 1995. There is a reason for that. A much bigger story is unfolding: the epic collapse of the Bush Administration.

The three big Bush stories of 2007--the decision to "surge" in Iraq, the scandalous treatment of wounded veterans at the Walter Reed Army Medical...

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