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Good Policy Is Good Politics

Monday, 23 April 2001 12:00 AM

And the media focus on inconsistencies in the Bush program.

But two aspects of the new administration baffle me: drilling off the Gulf Coast of Florida and the levels of arsenic in our drinking water.

Let us explore the political ramifications of these two issues:

1) Florida: Ever since the Presidential Transition, it has been reported that a potentially devastating Bush vs. Bush battle could be brewing in the Sunshine State. Governor Jeb Bush is adamantly opposed to

Meanwhile his older brother, the president, has instructed his Interior Department to study the ability of our oil companies to

Here's the rub:

So why don't the Bushes settle it right now?

W should do the

He should save his brother – and maybe his own chances, too – in Florida.

That's the smart political thing to do.

All these stories about brother versus brother can't help either one. Yes, there may be a stronger sibling rivalry behind all this than we know. But that can't be allowed to get in the way of

2) Arsenic: This announcement a few weeks ago was by far the biggest PR blunder of the first 100 days. It has energized the left – and given the media something to paint the Bush administration with. But, worst of all, it has hurt Bush in suburbia – an increasingly 'swing' voter area.

What used to be solid GOP territory is now up for grabs all across the nation. Moderate Republicans share the conservative GOP fiscal policy – but want a more liberal environmental record.

Clearly Dick Cheney – a longtime foe in the House Interior Committee of the most radical environmentalist lobby – went for retribution when he shaped the arsenic policy.

But it was an ill-founded policy reversal. It was simply

And it has put the Bush administration on the defensive as Earth Day approaches.

What Bush and Cheney need to realize is that the best policy

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