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No One Fears Bush

Friday, 04 May 2001 12:00 AM

The new Bush administration is suffering a string of defeats here at home – and around the globe, as well.

Just this week the new president basically lost his

Meanwhile up in New York City the United Nations – always an avowed opponent of the United States – for the first time in 54 years heaved us off their Human Rights panel.

The Chinese continue to push us around by refusing to let our technicians properly assess the needed repairs to the grounded EP-3E plane stuck on the Hainan Island runway.

Back in D.C. the Democrats have taken stock of G.W. Bush. Their verdict? They like him personally but see him as weak. Always known for his jocular habit of assigning people nicknames, the reputation Bush is earning is, according to a Democrat, that "he gives you a nickname and never calls you back."

In other words, the Bush bipartisan outreach program, which was aimed at bringing a "new tone and atmosphere to D.C.," is, to Democrats, an empty slogan. It sounded good and helped propel Bush to good initial poll ratings during his First Hundred Days honeymoon period.

But this recent string of defeats – offset only by almost total success on his tax cut plan – shows one basic fact: Bush’s opponents have taken his measure and

Of all the arrows in a president’s quiver – the bully pulpit, patronage, raw power, unlimited access to all media – perhaps none is as effective as

It is clear that

Case in point: The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol has really taken off on Bush. My sources tell me that inside the White House they are furious at Kristol. But guess what? Nothing has happened! No criticism, no attacks. Nothing! (Yes, I know, Bush doesn’t want to repeat his father’s mistake and alienate the right.)

But the result is evident to all: You can dump on Bush –

The Chinese have learned it through this terribly mishandled surveillance plane incident. And the Democrats have learned it through the first hundred days in Washington.

There is

So, guess what? They’re crossing him – and getting away with it!

What the new president needs to do is to

Yes, this sounds harsh. But welcome to politics in the real world. It ain’t beanbag.

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