My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


MSM: Hey--When Did HE Start Running Things?

Laughingly, from the WaPo:

After years of partisan impasses and legislative failures, Congress in a matter of hours yesterday passed or advanced three far-reaching bills that will allocate billions of dollars and set new policies for guns, roads and energy. . . .

Lawmakers cited several factors for the breakthrough in the long-awaited bills, including high gasoline prices and a greater GOP willingness to include Democrats in the early drafting, especially of the energy bill. But some attributed it mainly to Bush's reelection and the Republicans' continued control of both legislative chambers, giving Democrats little choice but to join GOP efforts or have no say in how bills are shaped.

"They just have great cards," Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said. "They've got all three branches of government. They've got the bully pulpit."

As if this were news. So much for the "lame duck" label.

By the way, I suppose this is some indication that the GOP has an idea or two about governing. I wouldn't go too much farther than that, though--most of these "accomplishments" were watered-down half measures. But, I guess it's something.

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