Addressing a Republican fund-raising dinner at the Washington Convention Center last Wednesday night, President Bush declared: "If the Democrats want to test us, that's why they give the president the veto. I'm looking forward to vetoing excessive spending, and I'm looking forward to having the United States Congress support my veto."
That was more than blather for a political pep rally. Bush plans to veto the Homeland Security appropriations bill nearing final passage, followed by vetoes of eight more money bills sent him by the Democratic-controlled Congress.
That constitutes a veto onslaught of historic proportions from a president who did not reject a single bill during his first term. Of the 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2008, only three will be signed by the president in the form shaped by the House.
Pretty bold move from a president with poll numbers in the low-30s. But after reading a lot of stuff on the right wing sites today that the meme among Pubs is that the only reason they lost in '06 was because they hadn't been conservative enough, it makes sense. And everything is upside down in BushWorld...
But I really wonder how long that coalition of 147 house Pubs will hold together when it becomes clear that Bush is cutting off programs with overwhelming public support while continuing to just throw over $100 billion annunally into a war that almost nobody likes. This seems like a confrontation that the Pubs are doomed to lose, either sooner or in the elections of '08.
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