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Feb
2005

Internal Bleeding

George Bush’s aggressive push to privatize Social Security is causing concern — inside his own party.

By Mary Lynn F. Jones, AlterNet. Posted February 8, 2005.

Just last year, congressional Republicans had a powerful scapegoat in Congress. Anything they couldn’t accomplish, they blamed on Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.). Unable to confirm President George W. Bush’s controversial judicial nominees? It was the “obstructionist” Daschle’s fault. Couldn’t get the energy bill through the Senate? Daschle was to blame. ...

The biggest obstacle for Bush this year is not any Democratic congressional leader, however. It’s the Republicans in Congress who are thinking about their next election, something Bush doesn’t have to worry about ever again. “The real fireworks this year will be between the GOP Congress and the Republican White House,” says Brad Bannon, a Washington-based Democratic consultant. “Bush wants to leave a legacy and there’s no better legacy than to dismantle the FDR New Deal legacy, even if it destroys the congressional majority in his own party.” ... Read this story at Alternet: //www.alternet.org/story/21201/ Mary Lynn F. Jones is online editor of The Hill. //www.thehill.com/


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