Tuesday, January 11, 2005


The Calm Before the Storm

Forces Gathering, Battle Lines Being Drawn

Yes I understand that there has been a dearth of political discussion on EIE. That's partly because there isn't really much going on beyond the inaugural, organizations plans on the Hill and drafting battle plans for the legislative battles to come. I'm cautiously optimistic on social security reform, although I'll need to run the numbers before I pass judgment. Republicans already seem to be fraying on this issue. Also, this is another one of those benchmark months in Iraq with elections fast approaching. Another underperformance there will weaken Bush's hand politically. And of course we have the ailing Chief Justice whose departure will turn the city upside down and bring legislative business to a grinding halt. So, the enjoy the calm before the storm, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

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