Even if you argue that Mr. Bush brought this on himself, the fact remains that presidential authority is in a hole. At this rate of erosion, there will be such lack of clarity about the presidential role come January 2009 that any new president will spend an entire term merely reestablishing his or her authority.  A Democratic president who hasn’t drawn a line in the presidential sand will be in hock to the party’s pacifist left. Absent a vigorous debate on these matters, we are likely to elect a weak President, no matter who wins.  ~Daniel Henninger

Having a weak President is like having a weak jailor–it means that there is that much more chance of a successful escape from his clutches.