"The swagger is gone from this White House," said Charles E. Cook Jr., editor of The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan newsletter, citing a litany of other difficulties afflicting the administration, including high gasoline prices and the failure of Mr. Bush's push to overhaul Social Security. "They know they have horrible problems and they came up with the least risky move they could make."I agree with Cook's last statement, but I think it's much too early to say the "swagger is gone" from the Bushies.
After all, this is a crew -- can you say "mission accomplished"? -- that perfected the art of arrogance.