“A NIXON FEEL”….From Robert Novak’s column on Thursday:

Rep. Christopher Shays of Connecticut is more liberal than nearly all his fellow Republicans, but he has tried to be a Bush loyalist. He is a member of the Homeland Security Committee and chairs the national security subcommittee of the Government Reform Committee. Consequently, it is noteworthy when he accuses the administration of “a real sense of arrogance. Loyalty and never admitting a mistake matters more than the truth. It has a Nixon feel to me.”

I suppose this is an encouraging sign that perhaps Garance is right and I’m wrong. Will Republicans finally rebel against George Bush’s clueless management style, the way many Democrats did against Jimmy Carter in 1980, or will they the circle the wagons and go back to business as usual as soon as the TV coverage slows down? Time will tell.