For all George Bush’s accomplishments, there is one that no one could have predicted–shattering the Republican party’s well-crafted monolithic stance. The renewal of the Patriot Act, potential abuse of executive power through illegal wiretaps, Immigration issues, the sale of port administration to a Dubai-owned company, stem cell research, the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan, what did he know and when did he know that Katrina was going to be the big one, to an out-of-control budget that even has liberal Democrats calling for fiscal restraint–all have not only fractured the Republicans, but created a welcomed bipartisan spirit among some representatives and senators as they seek to undue the mess the administration has created.
Regarding the Patriot Act: Last year, many congressional Democrats and a handful of Republicans insisted that several civil liberties safeguards be added before the law’s expired provisions could be renewed. That group blocked Senate action for months until the administration and GOP leaders agreed to some of its demands.
The latest fight on immigration threatens to split Republicans over the dual issues of guest workers and illegal immigration.
The battle of administration of U.S. ports has embroiled some of Bush’s closest supporters.(Subscription only) According to The New York Times, Senator Jon Kyl(R. AZ) is ready to vote Congress the powers to decide the issue.
And just when you thought it was safe to watch TV, here comes the video clip of the president being briefed about Katrina and his assurances that everything was ready. The clip also shows former FEMA head Michael Brown clearly warning about the dangers of forcing people into the Superdome. Unless Bush had fallen asleep, he had to have heard that.
One could cite dozens of issue where the administration has finally worn down the tolerance of Congressional Republicans with their arrogance and lack of consultation. However, this change of the political landscape shouldn’t been seen as a negative. First, it dulls the idiotic ideological debate that’s been obscuring serious issues. Second, it begins to force Congress to act more like a legislative body and less like a bunch of dolls on the back ledges of cars with their heads bobbing up and down.
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