From the Washington Post:
The Bush White House, irritated by pesky questions from congressional Democrats about how the administration is using taxpayer money, has developed an efficient solution: It will not entertain any more questions from opposition lawmakers.
There are also rumblings about doing something similar in the Senate Select Intelligence Commitee. To judge by these, the Repubicans are losing the arguments on both the budget and foreign policy, so they've decided to try to prevent debate.
It's my sense that things are reaching a breaking point. The radicals in charge now have not won the victories they have hoped for in Iraq or at home. The best economic news is that we've had one good quarter--if you have investment income--and the job market isn't getting worse. The President's approval ratings are dropping. So if they're going to consolidate their position, they have to do something.
Meanwhile, back in the rest of the world, the Taliban is returning to a war-torn Afghanistan, Islamic militants are flocking to Iraq, North Korea is hatching out into a disaster. Al-Qaeda is still out there. Atmospheric CO2 levels continue to rise—climate change is probably a contributor to the southern California fires—and harvests are doing poorly in Europe.
And don't forget the right-wing crazies here at home—the heavily-armed people who feel that Fox News is too far to the left. They're not organized—that I know of—but with national leadership they could become a terrifying force.
Or perhaps I am just having a bad day.