Skip to comments.After Bush was re-elected in 2004, Democrats in Congress did not compromise
Posted on 11/07/2012 9:38:42 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
After losing badly to President Bush in 2004, there was plenty of soul searching in the Democratic party but they didnt choose compromise with the president or his agenda.
After winning re-election, Bush thought he had the political capital he needed to push forward major reforms. Let me put it to you this way: I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it, Bush said to reporters. It is my style.
But even though Bush had a substantial majority in both Houses of Congress at first, Democrats successfully blocked nearly all of his second term agenda even before their party took power in Congress in 2006.
Bushs first item of his agenda was Social Security reform. That quickly died after Democrats whipped up a frenzied reaction, scaring most Republicans away from the issue.
Bushs energy plan passed, but Democrats defeated one of the key components of that bill to block drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Republicans acquiesced to tax credits for clean energy and promoted ethanol.
Bushs tax reform agenda planning to make his 2001 tax credits permanent and repeal the estate tax fell through the floor.
Even Bushs nominee for the ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, failed to get a vote on the Senate floor, forcing Bush to make it a recess appointment.
Bushs immigration effort fell short in the spring of 2006. Republicans resisted on one side, and on the other, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Democrats refused to grant him any capital on issue as the[y] solidified their inroads with Hispanic voters.
Bushs only major legislative success was successfully continuing the war in Iraq and reauthorizing the Patriot Act until Democrats took power in the 2006 elections. From there on, Bush was nearly impotent.
President Obama is already facing similar challenges.
Obama will tackle Republicans signature issue with the upcoming battle of the fiscal cliff fight. House Republicans wouldnt survive without this major issue in their quiver, so they might push back harder than the president expects. Obama already has a hurricane cleanup which he has handled reasonably well thus far but needs to finish the job before he pursues any further legislation.
Democrats may feel empowered now that Obama was re-elected, but its possible that they may split with the president, if he asks them to jump off of the fiscal cliff.
On immigration, it is unlikely that Obama will pursue anything more serious than the DREAM act, which may get the support of enough nervous Republicans to pass.
Pundits will declare that the election requires some serious soul searching from Republicans, calling them to abandon their low-tax and limited government platform. But which is more likely to succeed? Will Republicans drop their resistance to the presidents controversial fiscal policies?
By 2006, Democrats swept into power on Bushs ineffectiveness, the war in Iraq, and Social Security fears.
Expect Republicans to dig in on their signature issues and block the president as Democrats did. By the time the 2014 mid-terms arrive, expect the party to emerge with a principled but re-tooled political narrative for Obamas second mid-term elections, in which both the Senate map and history will favor them.
In 2004 Bush didn’t have a built in majority that is on the rise.
All the Democrats have to do is find a black person or an Hispanic person and run them in 2016. Instant winner. The Republicans won’t win another national election until things are trashed beyond repair.
When have they ever, in recent history?? I cannot stomach hearing Dear Leader blather on about “working together.” Uh, anyone remember how the Reps were literally locked out of the Obamacare plotting? Peter Johnson Jr. was on F&F this morning talking about how this is a second chance for Dear Leader and we should reach out to work with him in return. I wanted to vomit.
Yep. Let zer0 do what he wants. IDC I’m gonna be selfish. I have a pretty solid job for at least a few years and good healthcare....at least for now.
Let this economy crumble as far as I’m concerned,
If our side tries that, we'll be labeled as "dead-enders" and voted out. Which I suspect will happen anyway, no matter what the Republican majority in the House does.
Now you see that Evil will always triumph, because Good is Dumb.
However, Boehner, McConnell and others of their ilk have to play hardball the way the 'rats do. Failure to do so led the loss of both houses in the 2006 midterms. Stay the course, and we can strengthen out numbers. Sell us out and we're done with each other.
And Harry Reid put out the word a couple of days ago that there would have been no cooperation with a Romney agenda in the Senate.
The House should take the same attitude with Obama’s second term agenda, but I doubt they will in any effective way.
I want to see Republicans in Congress treat Democrats like Democrats in Congress treat Republicans. Ignore the howls of protest and just document how every action is an equal and opposite reaction... and maybe not even both with that.
I want to see Republicans in Congress treat Democrats like Democrats in Congress treat Republicans. Ignore the howls of protest and just document how every action is an equal and opposite reaction... and maybe not even bother with that.
Robert Gibbs on Fox last night [when he knew Obama's reelection was in the bag] said Republicans would have to cooperate with the president. Oh, and we also need to knock off saying Obama is a socialist.
Wasn't the word put out there by Dems, "revenge"? Republican House leaders should go postal on the Dems and block them; alas, they have no balls.
Let them exercise their conservative muscles. Also, the Right needs to learn to get the conservative message out -- the Left will only scream GOP gridlock. Time to take the bull horn away from the state media and learn how to lead.
In 2 years we'll see if Conservatism can take the Senate. The base is dispirited now. Give them this cause to run with.
They’ve run “Bush’s fault” into the ground (though a depressingly high number of people still blame him for Obama’s failures), so everything that goes wrong is because of an “obstructionist GOP House”.
If they’re going to get tarred with the label anyway, might as well earn it.
But they won’t. They’ll keep the same “leadership” and compromise their way to irrelevance. They’d rather do that than stand up for principle (and their constituents). Gotta keep getting invited to the “right” parties, you know.
We shouldn't even be asking the question of whether to compromise or not. It doesn't matter what democrats did in 2004. We should not be considering if we should compromise with unconstitutional liberalism.
Foreign election officials amazed by trust-based U.S. voting system
Personal accountability is not something the Left wants to discuss (In their president or their base). Anyone who has struggled up the ladder, and through hard work and good choices becomes “wealthy,” and who stands up and asks others to work and do like-wise, is demonized and smeared. The Left appeals to the worst in people and encourages jealousy and revenge for their lot in life (failure that has been nurtured by the Left).
The American people have given President Obama a chance to start over. He can take steps this time to govern responsibly. He can work with, not against, Republicans in Congress and governors around the nation. He can put an end to his reckless disregard for our rule of law and spare our nation another long, painful and expensive four years for American families, taxpayers and employers.
We must hold his and Congress feet to the fire to once and for all cut spending, repeal Obamacare and withdraw federal encroachment into state decision-making and personal liberties. Our nations long-term prosperity and security absolutely depends on it.
Meanwhile, states have the opportunity to pave the way for Washington by promoting common-sense policies of smaller government, lower taxes and restrained spending that create jobs and prosperity for their citizens.
I commend Mitt Romney and his entire campaign team for a disciplined, focused and hard-fought race. Anita and I wish him, Ann and his team all the best. - Texas Gov. Rick Perry [Nov 7, 2012]
Thank’s Mrs. C.
Stirring words from Governor Perry.
How long till he’s swept away by the demographic wave?
A President Perry would have sealed the border.
We have squat now.