We'll be experimenting with a few 'open threads' forms over the next few weeks. Really, all threads are open, but let's give you a few nuggetswith your coffee and see what you have to say.
Novak has a interesting column blasting Bush for being such a moron about how Congress works. Of course, to Novak, 'failure' means having more than one Republican congresscritter unwilling to swear absolute fealty to the monarch:
Bush never has been able to find a Washington facsimile of the late Texas Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, the old guard Democrat who was Bush's invaluable partner during his governorship. He has found congressional Democrats to be in the mold of Rep. George Miller of California, who was the president's partner briefly in passing the 2001 education bill. Miller and his colleagues, Bush has learned, are liberal, partisan and combative.
Nor is the president adept at turning around Republican strays. When the House Republican leadership on occasion has given him a list of recalcitrant members to rope in on a specific bill, he never has delivered. Whether he has tried very hard is debatable, but Bush is no Lyndon B. Johnson in dealing with members of his own party.
The president, in truth, cannot take credit for all of his legislative accomplishments this year. He benefits from a well-oiled Republican organization in the House. But the major bills passed this year -- reforms governing class-action lawsuits and bankruptcy -- were lobbied to passage by "K Street" (the business lobbyists). They, not Bush, were responsible for 73 House Democrats crossing over on a vote to make bankruptcies more difficult.
Look like old Bob is sensing the savory odor of lame duck and is buttering the bread of his longer serving patrons.
Bird flu is in the news, again. The unlikely pair of Obama and Luger team up in the NY Times;
It is essential for the international community, led by the United States, to take decisive action to prevent a pandemic.
So what should we do?
They recommend a task force. Great, but it would be even better if they got the CDC to get off their asses and finalize the draft pandemic plan that's been gathering dust for years.
What's on your mind this morning?