Craig Crawford of Congressional Quarterly puts it as bluntly as I've seen it in the traditional media:
With a new Congress that's run by Democrats, a restive public that's pining for change and a government in Iraq that's descending into chaos, the way forward in Washington might not include George W. Bush.
Despite the power he has to ramp up his use of the veto, and his tenacious hold on his powers as commander in chief, Bush faces a tough challenge to remain relevant in the waning 24 months of his presidency. Indeed, if not for his war-making clout, this president might be the lamest lame duck ever.
There was something almost sad about Bush putting his own name on an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal that laid out his legislative agenda on the eve of the formal Democratic takeover of Capitol Hill. Clearly gone are the days when Vice President Dick Cheney could use a private meeting with Republican lawmakers to set the congressional priorities list. Now, it seems, the president is positioning himself as just another spectator on the outskirts of power - firing off letters to the editor. Perhaps he should start his own blog. Read on...