I'm always annoyed that in today's 24/7 media we begin to write about legacies way to soon. After all, a legacy is something for history to decide once some time has passed and events in the here and now can be viewed through a less passionate prism. So, the ultimate decision on President Bush is still years away.
But politically speaking the day after the historic election last night, the Bush legacy is the end of at least this edition of the conservative movement and the destruction of the Republican party. It begins with the wrong information on the Iraq war, cascades into Hurricane Katrina and ends with the financial collapse and government bailout. In between, there were a host of other missteps....firing U.S. Attorneys, leaking Valerie Plume's name etc.
But more than that, it's the arrogance to change direction in the face of mounting criticism. There's a fine line between the courage of one's convictions and being unable to adjust when what you're doing isn't working. Bush is definitely more the latter.
Tie that together with the ultimate greed of Tom Delay and the corporate executives who lined their pockets while Rome was burning and you have the seeds of a GOP disaster...and disaster in so many ways that was well deserved.
The collateral damage of the rejection of Bush are things like the Senate Republican Majority in the Senate, Ernie Palmer locally (congratulations to Jim Voutour who will be a good sheriff) and several GOP Congressional seats in NYS that are gone forever.
There's losing and then there's historic wipeouts. George Bush wiped out the GOP.