Bush Stomps His Feet

By Dan Froomkin
Special to washingtonpost.com
Wednesday, October 31, 2007; 12:52 PM

President Bush went before the television cameras yesterday to rail at Congressional Democrats, who he said are "going alone and going nowhere."

"The leadership that's on the Hill now cannot get [the] job done," he said, adding: "They haven't seen a bill they could not solve without shoving a tax hike into it."

Just a lot of political posturing, right?

Well, maybe not. It's increasingly looking like Bush's petulance is not just for show.

Apparently, a year of dealing with a Democratic Congress -- even one as supine as this one -- has profoundly upset him. And he may have given up on reaching any accommodation with them at all.

Michael Abramowitz and Jonathan Weisman write in The Washington Post: "The White House plans to try implementing as much new policy as it can by administrative order while stepping up its confrontational rhetoric with Congress after concluding that President Bush cannot do much business with the Democratic leadership, administration officials said. . . .

"White House aides say the only way Bush seems to be able to influence the process is by vetoing legislation or by issuing administrative orders, as he has in recent weeks on veterans' health care, air-traffic congestion, protecting endangered fish and immigration. . . .

"The events of recent weeks have 'crystallized that the chances of these leaders meeting the administration halfway are becoming increasingly remote,' said White House spokesman Tony Fratto.

"Bush himself has been complaining more and more bitterly about congressional Democrats in recent weeks."

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann parses what he calls Bush's "tantrum" yesterday.

Mike Soraghan, Klaus Marre and Manu Raju write in the Hill: "House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Democrats have been making progress but have been blocked by Republican obstruction. He said Bush is complaining now only because Congress will not do his bidding as it did when Republicans were in control.

"'This president is defying the will of the American people, and he's chagrined that things have changed, so he's complaining,' Hoyer said.


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