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Posted: 10/3/2002 4:58:46 AM EDT
[size=4]Bush cuts deal by leaving Daschle out[/size=4] By Dave Boyer THE WASHINGTON TIMES The White House engaged in a divide-and-conquer strategy with congressional Democrats that isolated Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and won support for a resolution authorizing military force against Iraq. The plan resulted in President Bush being surrounded in the Rose Garden yesterday by prominent Democrats who pledged support for the resolution. Mr. Daschle, meanwhile, was left to issue a one-page statement at the Capitol saying he expected the Senate to give Mr. Bush his way. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat and the chief sponsor of a competing resolution, conceded before noon that the administration's strategy had all but killed his plan. "It's probably too late," Mr. Biden said. "That [White House deal] is going to create a lot of momentum." Senate sources close to the negotiations say the political power play unfolded three days ago, when administration officials were to meet on the resolution with the chiefs of staff of Mr. Daschle, South Dakota Democrat; Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican; House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican; and House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat. The White House canceled that meeting because administration officials were not sure of the position of Mr. Daschle, who said last week that Mr. Bush was politicizing national security and the war on terrorism. Instead, congressional sources said, the White House began negotiating directly with Mr. Gephardt. At the same time, Mr. Lott and Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, were sounding out Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, about co-sponsoring the White House resolution in the Senate. The White House's talks with Mr. Gephardt proved fruitful and perhaps were aided by the well-publicized visit to Iraq last week by three House Democrats who criticized U.S. policy while there. "The 'Baghdad Boys' may have pushed along Gephardt a little quicker than he wanted to," said Republican political strategist Scott Reed. A Senate Republican leadership source, who asked not to be identified, said Mr. Gephardt had ample reasons to reach a deal with the White House. "He wants to get his members home [to campaign], he wants to be president, and he doesn't want Daschle to be president," the aide said, referring to jockeying for 2004. Mr. Gephardt said yesterday that he and Mr. Daschle remain "good friends" and that the media was making too much of their split on the resolution. "We talked about this all the way through," Mr. Gephardt said. "We both agree that we've made good improvements in this" resolution. Negotiations reached their height about 7 p.m. on Tuesday, when Mr. Lott officially invited Mr. Lieberman to be the Democratic sponsor of the White House resolution in the Senate. "Gephardt & Co. got it," Mr. Reed said. "Lieberman, who has a pretty good nose to the ground, got it. Lieberman is who really caused Daschle some problems. Daschle's got a mess on his hands." The president met the top congressional leaders yesterday morning at the White House, and Mr. Hastert allowed Mr. Gephardt to announce the agreement to the media afterward. The deal had made enough concessions to House Democrats that Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat and leader of the anti-war faction, told colleagues later in the morning that he was shelving his petition to delay the vote. "The agreement that's been worked out is a good one," said Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr., Tennessee Democrat. "You're steadily peeling [opponents] away." Mr. Daschle canceled a morning press conference and, within the hour, Mr. Lieberman and Sen. Evan Bayh, Indiana Democrat, took to the Senate floor to support the White House resolution. Lawmakers said that, compared with his House counterparts, Mr. Daschle was hampered by a more liberal caucus and by different procedures that place more emphasis on the desires of individual senators. "It is showing that the Democratic leadership is very much a product of the liberal wing of the party," said Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican. Sen. Phil Gramm, Texas Republican, offered another explanation for the split between the House and Senate Democratic leaders. [b]"I think the Democrats in the House don't have a suicide complex, and the ones in the Senate do," he said.[/b] Though he has three Republican co-sponsors for his plan in the Senate, Mr. Biden approached his task with an air of fatalism. "Since Gephardt made the deal, we cannot act before the House acts," Mr. Biden said. "So everybody is assuming what's going to happen is we'll have a Gephardt-Hastert resolution popping over here with a lot of votes." Mr. Reed said the contributions of Mr. McCain, who is often at odds with the White House, should not be overlooked. "McCain has been a huge White House asset for the last few weeks and was instrumental in putting this together," he said. [url]http://www.washtimes.com/national/20021003-504985.htm[/url] Eric The(Fascinated)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 10/3/2002 5:17:38 AM EDT
It would be sweet if Daschle lost his seat over this.
Link Posted: 10/3/2002 5:20:12 AM EDT
BWAAAAaahahahahahahahahaha....
Link Posted: 10/3/2002 5:22:03 AM EDT
Isn't it [b]SUWWWEEEET!!![/b] [:D] Bush put the Little Obstructionist right in his place. Geez...that must have really pissed "Puff" off.
Link Posted: 10/3/2002 5:26:04 AM EDT
Sadly, The Dasshole is not running this cycle, but his little buddy, Tim Johnson is! [b]Too bad the good folks of South Dakota love their farm subsidies more than they love their country![/b] Can you imagine a state that was won by Bush 60-40 in the 2000 Election sending two liberal Democrats to the Senate? It's [u]gotta[/u] be those farm subsidies! Eric The(Bastids!)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 10/3/2002 5:27:23 AM EDT
...and people continue to spew that Bush is a political lightweight.... DOH!
Link Posted: 10/3/2002 5:38:19 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 10/3/2002 5:47:56 AM EDT
Now if Bush would just have the balls to push thru some Fed Judges while Congress is away & Daschle & Leahy can't stop.
Link Posted: 10/3/2002 5:58:45 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/3/2002 6:01:27 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Zaphod: ...and people continue to spew that Bush is a political lightweight.... DOH!
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Anyone who ever thought that is a fool. The likes of Clinton/Gore are green with envy at Bush's abilities to disarm and manipulate.....
Link Posted: 10/3/2002 6:04:10 AM EDT
Originally Posted By liberty86:
Originally Posted By Zaphod: ...and people continue to spew that Bush is a political lightweight.... DOH!
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Anyone who ever thought that is a fool. The likes of Clinton/Gore are green with envy at Bush's abilities to disarm and manipulate.....
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AAAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHHH! I don't know where to put you, guy! One one thread you're a raving lunatic. On another you're spot-on. Oh, well. I guess that makes us fellow Americans... [;)]
Link Posted: 10/3/2002 6:08:58 AM EDT
Originally Posted By EricTheHun: Sadly, The Dasshole is not running this cycle, but his little buddy, Tim Johnson is! [b]Too bad the good folks of South Dakota love their farm subsidies more than they love their country![/b] Can you imagine a state that was won by Bush 60-40 in the 2000 Election sending two liberal Democrats to the Senate? It's [u]gotta[/u] be those farm subsidies! Eric The(Bastids!)Hun[>]:)]
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Besides farm subsidies, Dasshole just recently sneaked through a "Black Hills Fire Protection" amendment to a DEFENSE (!!) bill that will allow logging in the Black Hills to cut away overgrown forest areas in HIS precious state ONLY.
[url=http://www.cdfe.org/daschle_logging.htm]Daschle seeks environmental exemption[/url] Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle quietly slipped into a spending bill language exempting his home state of South Dakota from environmental regulations and lawsuits, in order to allow logging in an effort to prevent forest fires. The move discovered yesterday by fellow lawmakers angered Western legislators whose states were forced to obey those same rules as they battled catastrophic wildfires. "What's good for the Black Hills should be good for every forest in the United States," said Sen. Larry E. Craig, Idaho Republican and chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. Mr. Daschle, a Democrat, said the language to expedite logging is essential to reduce the timber growth that can fuel wildfires. "As we have seen in the last several weeks, the fire danger in the Black Hills is high and we need to get crews on the ground as soon as possible to reduce this risk and protect property and lives," Mr. Daschle said in a statement late Monday night after a House-Senate conference committee agreed on the language. The language was tucked inside the defense supplemental spending bill, which passed the House last night by a 397-32 vote. . . . [red]Rep. J.D. Hayworth, Arizona Republican[/red], where more than a half-million acres have been destroyed by fire, said the process should have been open and the solution available to all states in a "tinderbox situation." [red]"It certainly can only be described as blatant hypocrisy on behalf of the Senate leader to claim on one hand to be the champion of the environment and then on the other hand to cut a special deal for his home state," Mr. Hayworth said.[/red] "What he is proving today is that true environmentalists are willing to have effective forest management. This is a classic case of somebody saying one thing for political posturing, and doing another for public policy," Mr. Hayworth said. "We're trying to rebound from the worst fires in our history - hundreds of homes, thousands of lives shattered - we're on emergency footing in the White Mountains of Arizona trying to rebuild people's lives," Mr. Hayworth said. "Believe me, if we had the option to take advantage of this for Arizona, you better believe we would have."
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Link Posted: 10/3/2002 8:09:32 AM EDT
bill that will allow logging in the Black Hills
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Gee, wonder why [b][i]that[/i][/b] story has been ignored by most of the media...[;D]
Link Posted: 10/3/2002 9:01:09 AM EDT
Originally Posted By The_Macallan: Besides farm subsidies, Dasshole just recently sneaked through a "Black Hills Fire Protection" amendment to a DEFENSE (!!) bill that will allow logging in the Black Hills to cut away overgrown forest areas in HIS precious state ONLY.
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Gee, I thought only Republicans wanted to rape the forests.[:D] Why isn't the media all over this as well as the Greenies? They love to spout crap if a Republican or anyone but a Dem suggests this stuff, but I haven't heard a peep from either on this.
Link Posted: 10/3/2002 10:08:53 AM EDT
Now that hes down there another pass at the neck please.
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