The smirk has begun returning to W's face. That's probably because he can't help it, but also because he's about to be bailed out by daddy again. Among the many problems with that, the biggest is that these are the same people with the same philosophies that we turned out of office in 1992.
That we welcome them back to power is a measure of the level of incompetence and evil in 43's administration. That 41's people are seen as "pragmatic" and "reasonable" just underlines how dogmatic and unreasonable the current administration has been.
They aren't back to save 43's presidency, they're back because their interests are threatened by the past six years worth of disaster. I never thought I'd ever be glad to see Brent Scowcroft again. I'm not, but you know what I mean.
The best we can hope for? A couple of years of better intentions from the Democrats in Congress which pries the levers of power from the cold dead hands of Dick Cheney and Karl Rove.
I think we haven't gotten over the disbelief that America agreed with us. I may be speaking for myself, but I don't think so. Didn't you feel a sense of unreality as the returns came in? We never wavered in our beliefs, fighting against what seemed to be an unyielding avalanche of Republican evil, but there was a fatalism as election day approached.
We really thought they were going to steal the election.
As the old 41 crew attempts to establish some order in 43's unraveled presidency, we can stop and smell the flowers, but only for a moment. You can be sure that Rove and the Boehner's of the world are planning more and better ways of regaining power, keeping happy the corporations who own them, and spreading bigotry.
On the other hand, those same corporations are most likely the ones who have sent 41s people into the breach. Oh wait, 41's people ARE the corporations.
Smirk or no smirk. 41's crew or no, it's nice to breathe again.