Words I thought I'd never read!
But here they are:
During his first five years in the White House, congressional Republicans displayed fierce loyalty and strict party discipline, moving in lockstep to the agenda set by the once-popular president.
Let me savor that phrase, "once-popular President" ...
And it couldn't happen to a nicer sociopath...
NOTE Yeah, yeah, I know "President" is giving Bush the benefit of the doubt (Florida 2000, Ohio 2004), but let's try not to detract from the magic of this moment, OK?