November 19, 2006

RUNNING ON NOTHING YIELDS A SKETCHY MANDATE, EH?:

Democrats to Push Pocketbook Issues (Amy Goldstein and Lyndsey Layton, 11/19/06, Washington Post)

Striving for a few quick legislative victories in January and longer-term goals whose details -- and viability -- are not yet certain, Democratic lawmakers want to shift the dialogue on Capitol Hill to workers' pay, college tuition, health-care costs, retirees' income and other issues that touch ordinary families.

Their success is not assured. Democrats will hold a tenuous 51 to 49 majority in the Senate, where Republicans and the Bush administration will be well-positioned to thwart their legislation, and Democrats in the House already are showing signs of division. Democrats will face a conflict, too, between the cost of some of their policies and their pledge to tighten federal spending rules. [....]

Democratic leaders have vowed to protect middle-class households from the alternative minimum tax. For now, they are planning a one-year fix. They have not decided on a permanent reform. "That's a tough one. It's easy to say, 'We are going to do away with it.' The challenge is how to pay for it," said former senator John Breaux, who co-chaired a presidential tax commission last year that estimated that eliminating the tax would cost $1 trillion over the next decade. The White House favors reforming the tax only if Congress considers other tax changes, which Democrats might not like.

The tax is one of several priorities that the Democrats have not determined specifically how to address.


While repeating the mistakes of '94 is easy, the way they used the filibuster while out of power and the failure to run on a Contract like set of specifics means they've little chance of duplicating the successes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 19, 2006 8:56 PM
Comments

and they had little chance of winning Congress because the economy was so good....

Posted by: Palmcroft at November 20, 2006 7:51 AM

...until the GOP decided to run on Iraq and immigration instead.

Posted by: oj at November 20, 2006 7:56 AM
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