Friday, April 29, 2005

Reality's revenge

Another thought – this administration has, famously, rejected the nostrums of the “reality-based community,” often with spectacular political success. As the Iraq war approached it was amazing to watch Bush trample the foreign policy consensus, not knowing whether he would emerge victorious (either politically or on the battlefield) or crash and burn and take us all with him. Social Security was Bush's next big counter-intuitive attempt to impose his own vision on reality and prove the consensus wrong. But this time reality is encroaching on the Bush enclave, not the other way round. Coming to terms with that may be proving difficult. Giving up on Social Security would make Iraq look like a fluke - a one-time roll of the dice that, in political terms, came up lucky.