Democrats are having trouble taking advantage of the soft economy because it's nowhere near as bad as they say it is.12:00 AM, Oct 23, 2002 • By FRED BARNES
WHILE PREPARING to tape a TV show recently, my colleague Mort Kondracke and I discovered Senate majority leader Tom Daschle was being interviewed in an adjacent Fox News studio. After his interview Daschle kindly agreed to come by and chat with us for a few minutes. What were Democrats proposing, we asked, to improve an economy suffering from slow growth, stagnant capital investment, and weak job creation?
Being underestimated is George W. Bush's secret political weapon.Oct 14, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 05 • By NOEMIE EMERY
WHEN IT ALL boiled over that day in September--with a red-faced Tom Daschle denouncing the president from the Senate floor--George W. Bush had already given the Democrats two very bad years. Two years of predictions that never quite happened. Two years of gotchas that never came through. Two years of hopes dashed.
Two Septembers ago, let us remember, candidate Bush appeared dead in the water. He misspoke, went off message, blew his big lead. In the debates, surely, Al Gore would finish him. Not quite. Bush won the debates.
Gephardt, McCain, and other surprising allies.Oct 14, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 05 • By FRED BARNES
JUST AFTER LUNCH ON OCTOBER 1, President Bush telephoned House Democratic Leader Dick Gep-hardt. Bush needed help. He wanted negotiations over a congressional war resolution to wind up quickly, so a vote could be held and pressure put on the United Nations to endorse tougher arms inspections in Iraq. A lopsided pro-war vote would have the greatest impact, the president said. But talks between the White House and Congress had dragged on for a week. What can we do to get agreement on a resolution today? Bush asked. Two things, Gephardt said.
Tom Daschle misrepresents the president, and complains about mixing politics with Iraq.12:00 AM, Sep 27, 2002 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
THE DEMOCRATIC WHINERS--who have been free to state their policy on Iraq since the president threw down the gauntlet in his Axis of Evil speech eight months ago--are misrepresenting both his recent statements and their own.
On Tuesday, Tom Daschle chastised the president for allegedly saying that "the Democratic-controlled Senate is not interested in the security of the American people." "I can't believe," Daschle said, quivering with anger, "any president or any administration would politicize the war. . . . This has got to end, Mr.
From the September 8, 2002 Los Angeles Times: If President Bush consults congress about Iraq, some congressmen might not be too happy.12:00 AM, Sep 9, 2002 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
NOT TWO WEEKS AGO, the administration publicly concluded it didn't need to ask Congress' permission to attack Iraq. Now, President Bush is poised to pop the question.
Capitol Hill should be pleased. For weeks, lawmakers insisted, loudly, that they expect to be part of any decision about Saddam Hussein's future. Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia decried "an information gap" with the White House and said that "Congress has to be a partner" to the president. Rep.
The ludicrous complaint of Daschle and Gephardt.Apr 29, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 32 • By SAM DEALEY
HERE'S A GOOD ONE: Liberals are now whining about media bias.
It took the form of an April 12 letter to the heads of CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. "We are writing to bring to your attention an issue that has become more pronounced in recent months: the lack of television coverage of press events featuring elected leaders of the Democratic Party," wrote Tom Daschle, the Senate's top Democrat, and Dick Gephardt, the party's top man in the House.
Democrats are trying to blame the recession on George W. Bush. It's worse than partisanship--it's not true.11:01 PM, Dec 4, 2001 • By FRED BARNES
TOM DASCHLE, the Senate majority leader, says President Bush is handling the economy poorly. His evidence? The White House now projects budget deficits for the next several years. Representative Nita Lowey of New York, who runs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, labels the economic downturn "George Bush's recession." Richard Gephardt, the House Democratic leader, insists Bush is "mismanaging the economy."
The press has played this Democratic assault as a return to sharp partisan conduct after several months of bipartisanship following the terrorist attacks on September 11.
The Gephardt Democrats' slow, Social Security-induced suicide.Sep 10, 2001, Vol. 6, No. 48 • By DAVID BROOKS
LONG AGO, the Republican party was nicknamed the Stupid Party, and at times Republicans have done their best to live up to the label. But after the past week, it is perhaps time to acknowledge that when it comes to brainless, self-destructive behavior, the Democratic party has achieved a level of excellence that will be unsurpassed in our lifetime.
Last week the Congressional Budget Office came out with a budget forecast.