Sometimes you feel bad for Bush. He must have gotten some serious lecture by his own people for giving those embarrassing facial expressions in the first debate. Last night, Bush was visibly agitated and had that deer-caught-in-the-headlights look. Instead of cocking his head and grimacing, this time he ground his teeth and jutted his bottom jaw. You knew he was trying very hard to control his facial muscles, the way a child tries so hard to behave in class, after being yelled at by his teacher.
Bush is nervous, and he has reasons to be. He took a gamble with the Iraq situation; now, less than a month away from finding out whether he gets to keep his job, he is beginning to feel the wrath of those who think he should not. In the past, he and his aides simply brushed aside all the criticism from "foreigners", but now, he's got to face the very people he governs.