Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Bush + DeLay = Anchor Synergy? 

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and President Bush are both facing mounting problems, with polls showing decreasing confidence in both the president and congress, charges of DeLay's ethics violations, criticism of congressional and executive involvement in the Terri Schiavo case, and DeLay's harsh criticism of the judiciary, among other things. In response, it appears that instead of distancing themselves from each other, the two are strengthening their bonds.

Bush has recruited DeLay to join the efforts hyping the administration's proposed Social Security privatization plan, which is widely criticized but to which Bush has pledged a large portion of his "political capital" accrued during his first term and last year's presidential campaign. I know, I know - Rep. DeLay is considered a powerhouse in Washington, so it seems logical for Bush to want to be on his good side. But I really think that DeLay's train is pulling out of the station and heading over to the less powerful part of town, and I'm thinking that Bush would be better off not calling on someone with so many ethics and honesty clouds hanging over his head to convince the American people that Bush is being truthful and straightforward in his Social Security modification proposals.

Then again, perhaps in the long run it would be best for all of us if Bush and DeLay hung tight and dragged each other down. Hmm.

Gentlemen: Carry on.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 10:08 AM