While most Americans couldn’t care less about campaign finance reform, senators spend almost every waking moment raising money for their next election. Thus, campaign finance is their lifeblood.
Last year during the presidential campaign these senators paid very close attention to how popular McCain was – and how strongly Bush vowed
Now, a year later, they have clearly made a few calculations:
1) McCain-Feingold is
2) Bush’s pledge to fight against the bill
Indeed, two weeks ago Bush suddenly put the word out that he would "sign a good piece of legislation." No pre-conditions, no veto threats – no nothing!
A total cave-in by Bush!
Boy, don’t you think those senators saw that and said to themselves, "Hey, Bush won’t really fight for
That brings us to yesterday’s Senate vote. Yes, it went against Bush. But no, it was not necessarily the end of the Bush Tax Cut.
Most of all it was a shot across Bush’s bow. The message is from moderate Republicans to Bush: "We're better off distanced away from you. Your retreat on CO2 emissions and the Cheney-engineered anti-environmentalist campaign has made us move away a bit."
Thus the No vote yesterday from three typical New England/Northeast moderate Republicans, Jim Jeffords, Lincoln Chafee and Arlen Specter.
But here’s the
The Bush retreat on McCain-Feingold has signaled these senators that they can abandon Bush
Or, to put it another way, there is no fear of Bush – or of the price GOPers will pay for opposing him.
The Bush White House better quickly address the situation. They are in the middle of their supposed honeymoon and already fellow Republicans are jumping off the ship.
A few more GOP moderates are lurking in the background watching all of this. Maine's Collins and Snowe could abandon the Bush cause.
What Bush needs to do is make it clear:
By the way, you can watch me on Fox News Channel tomorrow, Friday, April 6, at 3:10 p.m. Eastern time on the Shepherd Smith news show.We'll be talking about the China situation.
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