Sources said that Dan Meyer, Bush's liaison to the House, confronted LaHood while White House political strategist Karl Rove rebuked Kirk. It is unclear if LaHood or Kirk were the originial sources for the stories, but LaHood was quoted in one of the articles.
Regardless, LaHood and Meyer got into a shouting match as emotions ran high and voices were raised yesterday morning in the White House while lawmakers were waiting to meet with first lady Laura Bush, according to two legislators who witnessed the exchange.
This is a small sample of the sort of thing we can expect to happen as the elections near. The end of the Bush administration will trigger a real battle for the soul of the Republican party. Those who have the power now won't give it up easily, but those who feel the party has been ill-served under Bush's leadership are just as anxious to seize the agenda for themselves.
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