Bush’s weapons

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“You can’t gov­ern from Capi­tol Hill,” Fred Barnes writes in the Weekly Stan­dard.

“Newt Gin­grich, as Repub­li­can House speaker, tried af­ter the land­slide of 1994 and failed. Yet Democrats, with their ‘100 hours’ agenda in the House and 10 leg­isla­tive ‘pri­or­i­ties’ in the Se­nate, act as if they can run Wash­ing­ton. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Lead­erHar­ryRei­dare­promis­ingto take the coun­try in a ‘new di­rec­tion.’ Good luck,” Mr. Barnes said.

“What stands in their way? Three rather large im­ped­i­ments. One, the Demo­crat­ic­ma­jor­i­tyintheSe­nateis frag­ile (51-49), and it’s hardly over­whelm­ing in the House (233-202). Sec­ond,Democrat­sare­frac­ture­don manyis­sues—notjustIraq,buteven on whether to pur­sue a mod­er­ate strat­egy of mov­ing slowly and care­fully or one of go­ing for broke to roll back­the­con­ser­va­tivead­vance­softhe Bush years. And third, there’s Bush and his weapons.

“The pres­i­dent has quite an arse­nal: veto, fil­i­buster by Se­nate Repub­li­cans,bul­ly­pul­pit,apo­ten­tialal­liance of Repub­li­cans and con­ser­va­tive Democrats on se­lected is­sues, re­cess ap­point­ments, dis­cre­tion to act on for­eign pol­icy with­out con­gres­sion­alap­proval.Inapo­lit­i­cal fight, Congress can’t match a pres­i­dent’s tools.”

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