“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.”