THOUSANDS OF TROOPS have died fighting a war he chose to fight--a war that increasingly appears to be a microcosm of something much larger than what the American people had bargained for. He seems to be stretching presidential power beyond what his predecessors ever imagined. His approval ratings hover around the freezing point. It's no coincidence that his party is beginning to stray from him, and the press is writing him off as a failure.
"It isn't polls or public opinion of the moment that counts," he said. "It is right and wrong and leadership."
Alan Dowd at Weekly Standard has a very good piece.