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Sunday, December 05, 2004

BUSH AND INTELLIGENCE REFORM BILL

We predicted that a surprise is awaiting President Bush: the oppostion of conservative Republicans to his second-term agenda.

A story in today's New York Times reports on this matter. It describes the opposition that the president is getting from congressional conservative Republicans over the intelligence reform bill. The report actually sees a "near-rebellion" among conservatives on this issue:

President Bush sought to stem a near-rebellion by members of his
own party in Congress yesterday by describing a sweeping intelligence-overhaul
bill they oppose as an effort "to do everything necessary to confront and defeat
the terrorist threat" and calling for its passage during a brief Congressional
session this week.
The president's remarks in his weekly radio address came a
day after a powerful Senate Republican, John W. Warner of Virginia, chairman of
the Armed Services Committee, expressed doubts about the bill....


This is the first sign of conservatives rejecting the president's agenda. Opposition will also come on immigration policy, the budget, the burgeoning deficit, and the neocon policy in Iraq. President Bush will have a difficult four years ahead from his own base.

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