A memorial service for Paul Wellstone becomes a DNC pep rally as the Democratic party reaches a new low.1:10 PM, Oct 30, 2002 • By FRED BARNES
FIRST, Democrats in Minnesota used the death of Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone in an attempt to silence the Republican Senate candidate, former St. Paul mayor Norm Coleman. Then, they turned a widely televised memorial honoring Wellstone into a partisan political rally for electing ex-vice president Walter Mondale to Wellstone's Senate seat.
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?
Oct 28, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 07 • By
OILING THE NOBEL PROCESS
Two weeks ago: The Norwegian Nobel Committee awards the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize to former president Jimmy Carter--a move the committee's chairman, Gunnar Berge, says "should be interpreted" as a "kick in the leg" to current President George W. Bush's "belligerent" foreign policy.
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.
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 Senate majority leader wants to make an issue of Bush's tax cut in the next election--even though a dozen Democrats supported it.12:00 AM, Apr 29, 2002 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
"GOOD MORNING, everybody. Tomorrow the House is planning to take up legislation to raid the Social Security trust fund of $400 billion for another tax cut."
With those words, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle began his daily press conference on April 17. It,s pretty standard Daschle rhetoric on taxes, almost Clintonian in its mendacity. The measure the House took up and passed on April 18 with a 229-198 margin was not for "another tax cut." It's the same tax cut both houses of Congress passed last year.
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.
Criticizing Bush is like hitting your head against a wall.Mar 18, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 26 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
TOM DASCHLE, Washington's most important Democrat, just can't catch a break. The Senate majority leader has been trying to figure out how to open up an effective partisan front against a wartime president for months now. Three times, Daschle has bravely taken on the president in a direct assault. And three times now, he has sustained heavy losses.
It would seem a fool's errand to confront George W. Bush with the country at war, since that would seem to undermine the national unity that has given Americans such comfort since Sept. 11. Daschle is certainly no fool.
Jan 28, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 19 • By FRED BARNES, FOR THE EDITORS
FARM BILL. When those two words crop up, the normal reaction is to tune out. Don't this time. The farm bill that's working its way through Congress is a disaster. It costs too much. It enriches the well-to-do. And it's likely to cause an egregious case of role reversal. For years the United States criticized Europeans for lavishly subsidizing their farmers, giving European farm products an unfair advantage in world markets. But Europe is finally inching away from over-subsidizing farmers.
The Senate majority leader alienates fellow Democrats.Jan 21, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 18 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
IT'S ADVICE a Republican consultant might deviously give to a Senate Democrat: Open the New Year with a harshly partisan attack on a Republican president with approval ratings in the mid-80s. Suggest that his tax cuts--mostly not yet in effect--are responsible for the return of budget deficits. And say this despite the fact that 12 Democratic senators, including six who are up for reelection in 2002, voted for those tax cuts. Be shameless about the fact that you earlier claimed credit for last year's tax rebates, the only front-loaded piece of Bush's tax plan.
Dec 31, 2001, Vol. 7, No. 16 • By DAVID BROOKS, FOR THE EDITORS
IS THERE a starker contrast than the one between the glorious triumph of American arms abroad and the grubby selfishness of our politics at home? While American soldiers, seamen, and pilots risk their lives in and around Afghanistan, while the American people rally around their nation's cause with a new sense of seriousness, the atmosphere of inspired patriotism leaves no practical mark on Capitol Hill. There, the season of war has been a golden season for lobbyists and for well-connected pleaders.