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Commentary on the present and future of culture, politics, economics, and social values................... "At any given instant/All solids dissolve, no wheels revolve,/And facts have no endurance." W.H. Auden.

Monday, November 15, 2004

THE SURPRISE OF BUSH'S SECOND ADMINISTRATION

Yes, the Democrats will oppose President Bush in many of the intitiatives and policies he wants to promote in his second adminstration. The surprise, however, is the opposition that he will get from conservative Republicans.

Opposition to Bush will come from a number of conservative groups and organizations who feel that they elected him and should have a say in his policies, decisions, and appointments. The conservative opposition to Senator Specter's elevation to the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee is already a clear forecast of this opposition already forming.

But conservative opposition will also mobilize over the war in Iraq, a foreign policy of pre-emption and intervention, deficit spending, balanced budget, expansion of big government, and immigration policy - all traditional conservative Republican concerns.

This development will not gridlock the government, but it will not be an opposition that can be dismissed as "partisan politics."

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