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Honest Argument: Bush will not seek bipartisan solutions with the Democratic Congress
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Bush will not seek bipartisan solutions with the Democratic Congress

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Bush will not seek bipartisan solutions with the Democratic Congress  Bush will not seek bipartisan solutions with the Democratic Congress
       Bush renominated several persons for positions that Democrats already opposed  Bush renominated several persons for positions that Democrats already opposed
       Bush has asked Congress to approve warrantless wiretapping  Bush has asked Congress to approve warrantless wiretapping
       Bush has his legacy to consider  Bush has his legacy to consider
       Democrats rejected bipartisan working group  Democrats rejected bipartisan working group
              Structures already exist to work with the President  Structures already exist to work with the President
              Attempt to force Democrats to share responsibility for Iraq  Attempt to force Democrats to share responsibility for Iraq
                     No reponsibility without authority  No reponsibility without authority
              Bush wanted to select Democratic panel members  Bush wanted to select Democratic panel members
                     Panel created after Bush relented  Panel created after Bush relented
       Bipartisanship requires compromise  Bipartisanship requires compromise

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Re: node: Bush renominated several persons for positions that De

The President is not going to get a third term by law, to avoid the "lame duck" perception of his presidency, Mr Bush will likely need to form coalitions with Democrats so that his legacy will be more than 9/11 and the war in Iraq. This is likely to be more true now that the election has shown that some Americans want a change in the philosophical direction of our country, than it may have been six months ago. He will likely need some Democratic help in getting his nominated judges passed with the advice and consent of the congress.

Comment by: garrettp At: 2006-11-28 02:05:37



Re: node: Bush has asked Congress to approve warrantless wiretap

Mr Bush may have the warrantless wiretap law passed by this time, or he may not. I confess to not knowing this law's curent status. But I am failing to understand how this request by the President shows how Mr Bush is not seeking democratic help. Unless I am missing something, doesn't this undermine your thesis a bit?

Comment by: garrettp At: 2006-11-28 02:09:37



Re: comment: Re: node: Bush has asked Congress to approve warran

Regardless of what you hear from the pundits and most (but not all) Republicans, the fundamental difference between the Democrats and the Bush administration over the NSA wiretapping is whether or not it is to be overseen by the judiciary, as is required by FISA, or not.

The argument is laid out separately here:

http://honestargument.com/...

My point here is that this is a binary (either/or) difference and the only way the Democrats can 'help' the Bush administration on this is by acquiescing.


Comment by: Ulysses Berman At: 2006-11-28 14:48:50



Re: comment: Re: node: Bush renominated several persons for posi

I added a refuting node to indicate that Bush has his legacy to consider.

Outside of the aegument diagram, however, I'd like to comment on your point that "He will likely need some Democratic help in getting his nominated judges passed with the advice and consent of the congress."

Bush's judicial appointments over the first six years of his Presidency can be characterized as uncompromising 'strict constructionists' (and that's in quotes because they're strict when it serves their purpose, yet they have no qualms with judicial activism when it, um, serves their purpose) in order to satisfy the base.

Of the hundreds of appointments, Democrats have only threatened filibusters against 5 or 6. These 4 judges specified in the Node Text are among those 5 or 6. Democrats will not tolerate the appointment of these judges, period.

This is a long way of saying that Bush no longer gets to appoint 'his' judges. He has to appoint compromise candidates.

For all the complaining the right does about SC Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the fact of the matter is that she was recommended by Orrin Hatch (R-UT) who was, at the time, the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

That's just the way it works when the President's party soen't control the Senate.

Comment by: Ulysses Berman At: 2006-11-28 15:07:13



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