It is clear that W. is in trouble. Billmon has a good commentary on the latest CBS poll so I'll just post the following data:
These numbers are self explanatory. They indicate a growing and deep-set dissatisfaction with the current Administration which still has over three years to run.
I do not think that any other major government is so locked into its leadership as is ours. Many parlimentary democracies can depose an administration with a vote of no confidence in the parliment, or, at least, force new elections. We can't do that. Until now, it seemed like a good thing. Americans were viewed as uneducated and, as such, potentially irresponsible. If we had a different system, we would be changing governments every ten minutes.
The down side is that when we have a truly unpopular government with no relief possible for three years, we are in deep trouble. Even a takeover of Congress by the Democrats would not yield a dramatic change because both the Executive and, in particular, the Supreme Court would still be in the hands of the Bush radicals.
This has all the makings of a serious Constitutional crisis. I just can't see, and here I am echoing Billmon, how America can go on for three years like this. Of course, it won't. But what will happen is anyone's guess.