As retired generals come out in the open to publicly demand Rumsfeld's resignation, the rats continue to desert the sinking ship. White House paid liar Scott McClellan is quitting and chief political brain Karl Rove is being forced to give up dictating policy to George W. Bush.
The signs are pretty clear: the political pendulum is trying to swing the other way. It has been for years, which is why the GOP is so desperate to make sure the electoral process is rigged to maintain permanent control of the federal government.
Still, it doesn't hurt for one to get while the going's good. Just like Newt Gingrich, who was run out of D.C. only to slither back in under the radar, the members of the Bush regime know their time is almost over. They know political eras are inherently finite things, often going from extremely conservative to fairly liberal. And they bide their time, quietly working for the next time the pendulum swings their way.
This is not without precedent; Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney did it in '92 when Bill Clinton was elected president and Congress went to Democratic control--thus finally, mercifully, ending the Reagan/Bush era.
The Shrub's second stolen term in office isn't even halfway over, and he is back to being a lame duck dictator. It is evident in the way his senior-most people jump ship like the skulking rats they are.
But beware: a wounded animal is still highly dangerous. Despite a weakened military (no thanks to Rumsfeld's arrogant incompetence) and exposure of the lies that led to the invasion of Iraq, the Bush regime is still going to try to repeat itself by going after Iran. The nation is a bit more wary now, with no WMDs in Iraq and Osama bin Laden still free and plotting against us. But that won't stop these power-mad dictators from trying to wage another war anyway.
Which is why we need to be ever more vigilant against the GOP and its election-rigging. 2006 is the critical year, and they know it. The Republicans know if Democrats take back even one chamber of Congress their plans are shot to hell. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that doesn't happen.