January 30, 2005

ONLY TOOK THEM 5 YEARS TO FIGURE HIM OUT:

Bush Aims To Forge A GOP Legacy: Second-Term Plans Look to Undercut Democratic Pillars (Thomas B. Edsall and John F. Harris, January 30, 2005, Washington Post)

[A] recurring theme of many items on Bush's second-term domestic agenda is that if enacted, they would weaken political and financial pillars that have propped up Democrats for years, political strategists from both parties say.

Legislation putting caps on civil damage awards, for instance, would choke income to trial lawyers, among the most generous contributors to the Democratic Party.

GOP strategists, likewise, hope that the proposed changes to Social Security can transform a program that has long been identified with the Democrats, creating a generation of new investors who see their interests allied with the Republicans.

Less visible policies also have sharp political overtones. The administration's transformation of civil service rules at federal agencies, for instance, would limit the power and membership of public employee unions -- an important Democratic financial artery.

If the Bush agenda is enacted, "there will be a continued growth in the percentage of Americans who consider themselves Republican, both in terms of self-identified party ID and in terms of their [economic] interests," said Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform and an operative who speaks regularly with White House senior adviser Karl Rove.

Many Democrats and independent analysts see a methodical strategy at work. They believe the White House has expressly tailored its domestic agenda to maximize hazards for Democrats and tilt the political playing field in the GOP's favor long after this president is out of the White House.


Now if only the Stupid Party could figure this out too.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 30, 2005 5:53 PM
Comments

Boy, these guys even mention civil-service reform! Have they been hanging out at BroJudd lately?

Posted by: Matt Murphy at January 30, 2005 7:57 PM
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