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Political Malpractice

Friday, 25 May 2001 12:00 AM

Jeffords’ devotion to federal spending on a

However, if Bush has made a big mistake on policy so far it is

Rather than fight for school vouchers and the very education program he ran on last year, Bush completely caved in on education. Instead of fighting Kennedy – and earning the obvious hostile inside-the-beltway press that comes with it – Bush chose to adopt a liberal democratic position on education.

Conservatives – so focused on passing the tax cut – gave Bush a ‘pass’ on this most crucial of issues.

Jeffords wants

Education is primarily a local issue. And most Americans – or those who vote – recognize this. And if they do not, it is up to the President to hit the stump and once again convince the American people that Washington has virtually nothing to do with what goes on in the classroom.

Where Bush has gotten off track is by aiming and firing at the wrong targets. Instead of playing tough with Jeffords – one of the crucial 50 Senators – Bush should have gone after Kennedy!

Instead of attacking one of our own, Bush should have been willing to fight the liberals!

But both Bush the Father and Bush the Son have lived under the (false) illusion that they could win over and work with liberals. Along the way they have trampled over the Right (Bush the Father and "Read My Lips”) and now over the crucial moderate wing of the GOP (Jeffords and purposely being dis-invited to the Teacher of the Year Ceremony).

If we had 55 GOP Senators, then to play tough with one is fine – especially if your point is to "send a message that dissent won’t be tolerated.”

But to cause the loss of the Senate is

Bush may or may not lose in 2004. That is too, too far away to predict.

But lack of education spending will not be the issue; the economy and energy will be.

The shame of it all is that this whole Jeffords Fiasco could have been avoided. The Bush Team could have kept nominal control of the Senate. 2002 is not that far away. Perhaps the GOP could pick up Senate seats then.

Now it will be hard slogging.

All because of misguided anger, disrespect – and, most of all, political judgement.

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