United States President George W. Bush governed without paying heed to criticism, whether that came from administration officials or the international community. Bush’s go-it-alone posturing left its mark on the administration. On a domestic level, the US adopted a deeply conservative policy line while its foreign policy agenda threatened the foundations of the post-war order. Bush enjoyed the backing of the Republican majority in Congress – until last week. After the Democratic victory in last week’s midterm elections, Washington seems to be quickly changing course on very significant issues, including Iraq. The shift demonstrates that the democratic reflexes of the American political system are very deeply rooted and in good shape. The vote of the American people was influenced by the war in Iraq, the incompetence of administration officials and corruption. The people have spoken, demanding a change of course and the removal of wayward politicians. Bush seems to indicate that he respects that wise democratic system which stands above every one individual, including the all-mighty presidents.