But it's worth pointing out the multitude of significant achievements of the administration, as Fred Barnes does over at the Weekly Standard.
Indeed, aside from some real policy missteps -- as on the immigration issue -- most of the failures of the Bush administration are more cosmetic than substantive. As I've argued before, Bush's biggest mistake --- both for him and for conservatives and Republicans generally -- was his decision simply to stop defending himself and his policies. Barnes points out, rightly, that Bush's presidency may receive the favorable re-evaluation that Harry Truman's has received.
In the meantime, we're stuck with a lefty President and Congress.