"Most commentators agree that Bush and the Republicans are a spent force. They were roundly defeated in the midterm elections and a staggering 50% of the electorate now identify themselves as Democrats, compared with 35% as Republicans. Not so long ago the Republicans had a slight edge.
"The chances of a Republican victory in 2008 are slim. Policy change will surely follow, with a reinstatement, albeit incomplete, of the civil rights and liberties that the Bush administration has so carelessly and irresponsibly removed." —David McKay, Professor of American government, University of Essex