When George W Bush's poll numbers kept falling, even after he went out and speechified about how wonderful everything is, his next step was to shuffle personnel in his staff. Not key people, but still. So out with Andy card, in with Josh Bolten. Goodbye Scott McClellan, hello Tony Snow. Then there was the sudden departure of CIA director Porter Goss. There has been much speculation about the abrupt nature of Goss' departure, with most people focusing on the possibility of Goss being tied to the poker game prostitute parties held by Brent Wilkes at the Watergate Hotel. When will Republicans learn to stay away from that place?
Even with the changes in personnel, the policies have remained the same. Avoid fighting terrorism and focus on Iran. Try to bully China and Russia into supporting sanctions we know they never will. Claim to be using diplomacy while refusing to meet with representatives from Iran.
Over in England, Tony Blair is having a bit of the same problem. His party suffered losses in the local authority elections, and now he's shuffling his cabinet as well. But a cabinet can only be as good as the man in charge, and on both sides of the Atlantic, the guys in charge need to be replaced. Fortunately for England, many are asking Blair to step down, while here in America, well, hopefully the Democrats, if they don't blow it before the November elections, try to rein in the "unitary executive" who seems to have disregard for everything that doesn't serve his purpose.
Some people liken the shuffling like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, to me it's more like changing seats at a Detroit Tigers game, no matter where you move to, they're still going to suck. And like the Republicans in the polls, even if the Tigers are at the bottom of their division, there's always going to be people who support them. You might call them suckers, I call them masochists.