Wow - big day today. "Dreamgirls" got shut out at the Oscars, Cheney got called out at the Libby trial, and tonight, Bush is going to bust out the State of the Union, because it's been so long since he last addressed the nation, and it was with such awesome news.
Tonight's speech will, at its core, be about Iraq — and how Bush can try to re-spin and re-sell it now that the phrase "the bloodiest attack since" has become almost as much of a catch-phrase as "grave and deteriorating" (but, oh no, it's not a civil war). And it should be interesting to how Bush explains how the country got from "As we make progress on the ground, and Iraqi forces increasingly take the lead, we should be able to further decrease our troop levels" to "I have committed more than 20,000 additional American troops to Iraq." Perhaps he'll even have something that will sound reasonable to the 68% of Americans who are opposed to the surge, or to the voters who swept the Democrats into the House and Senate in November on an anti-war platform.
But really, Americans ought to cut him a break and consider all he's gotten right over the past year: As promised, human-animal hybrids are way down.