You know Bush is in trouble when his daddy's old friends and retainers start coming out of the woodwork. You know the situation is dire when Gentleman Jim Baker arrives on the scene. Whne did he last make an appearance? As I recall it was during the Florida recount of 2000. Well, he's baaack. Along with Robert Gates, Bush sr's pal from the CIA who is being welcomed with open arms by Harry Reid of all people. Baker is heading up a bipartisan committee to come up with ideas for Iraq. Translation: he's been brought in to try to free junior's foot from the beartrap he's in. Given Reid's sudden desire to get along, it seems obvious to me that the fix is in. "Stay the course" will be modified to "Get out" but in a dignified manner that will provide a plausible explanation that it was the unfortunate result of the failure of the Iraqi leaders to get with the program. Impeachment and potentially devastating investigations will be avoided in favor of letting Henry Waxman go after Halliburton, Parsons and other contractors. Since the administration has no idea what to do in Iraq, getting out may not be a bad idea. I have to agree with Limbaugh's sarcastic suggestion though. If we're going to cut and run, or whatever euthemism will be used to describe it, why piss around? Let's get the troops home as soon as possible, like by Christmas. Why get more of them killed in a hopeless gesture, just to try to pretty up W's legacy? The supreme irony is that if Bush had done this before the election, the Republicans would have surely retained the Senate and maybe the House.