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The Washington Post: Obstacles to Bush Agenda Loom in Senate
One day after President Bush laid out his far-reaching domestic agenda in a nationwide address, Democrats and a few key Republicans raised serious questions about his vision for lowering taxes, restraining spending and changing the health care system.
Even though the president enjoys GOP control of both houses of Congress, a confluence of Democrats' rising anger and moderate Republicans' wariness is producing some of the biggest obstacles of his presidency. Senate Democratic centrists, who worked with Bush to enact tax cuts and education reforms in the past, are furious with the president's tactics in last year's elections and are refusing to work with him on key policies.
Bush burned many of his bridges to Democrats with his aggressive campaign tactics last fall against Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Max Cleland of Georgia. After Landrieu voted with Bush on tax cuts and his war resolution, the president's political team ripped into her record during her tough, but ultimately successful, campaign to win reelection in a December runoff.
More troubling to Democrats was the administration's treatment of Cleland, who lost two legs and an arm in Vietnam. The White House was deeply involved in a campaign that questioned Cleland's patriotism because he supported civil service protections for employees of the new Department of Homeland Security. Cleland lost his race.
"For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind." --Hoseah 8:7
(via Oliver Willis)