2007: Heaven Forbid!
As thus it came to pass that the Democrats went to the majority in the House and took controlish of the Senate. And, therefore, all of the policies of the past would be reversed with a nice, loud WOOOSH.
But, of course: no. Displeasure at the Iraq War — ranging form between mild discomfort to outright rage — led the President to conclude that an escalation of troop levels was the best way to go. The Democrats, in response, asked very nicely for timetables and then caved soon thereafter. This would become a trend.
Meanwhile, Bush kept on pissing people off, with the minimum wage stall and the SCHIP fight. You seemed to get the sense that Bush knew by the end of the year that he was not going to win anything by going to the middle, and thus doubled-down on Ronald Reagan On Crack.
Other nasty stuff got uncovered. Mine safety became a full-blown scandal after a Utah mine — run by a guy who lobbied against increased protections in the wake of a 2006 West Virginia collapse — suffered a catastrophic failure. And immigrants were the new gay. (C’mon. It was an off-off-year. Gay would be the new gay, in time for Fall 2008.)
This was also the year that we had confirmation of what we all knew: that Regent University School of Law is the bestest law school in the history of law since, like, ever. (In related news, Alberto Gonzales hung up the skates. So far as I know, he hasn’t found steady work since. Stupid economy.)