November 10, 2004


Majority Leader Faces Balancing Act in Senate (Richard Simon and Mary Curtius, November 10, 2004, LA Times)

Within his own party, he must bring together conservatives eager to push their agenda through Congress and moderates who feel like the Rodney Dangerfields of the Republicans.

Frist also needs the support of some Democrats to reach the 60 votes needed to overcome filibusters — at a time when Democrats are bitter over Frist's role in Daschle's defeat.

And as he keeps one eye on advancing Bush's agenda, he will have the other on burnishing his own credentials for a possible presidential run in 2008 — goals that may not always coincide.

Mr. Frist would do well to give the moderates some busy work--balanced budget, campaign finance reform, closing tax loopholes, etc.--to keep them occuppied and thinking they matter.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 10, 2004 10:13 AM
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