In my lifetime, I have never experienced around the world and in Britain such loathing and contempt for America. It's as if the only acceptable racism in 2006 is to be anti-American.
If the Democrats do gain control of Congress, they will launch a blizzard of inquiries over the profound failures of American foreign policy. It won't be like the Hutton or Butler inquiries in Britain; it will be more like a re-run of Watergate. A primitive tribe will demand a blood sacrifice because things have gone terribly wrong. And they have.
The end of the Bush presidency begins next week. That's what the opinion polls predict, with hints of a political tsunami on Tuesday.