Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Bush Adds DeLay to Social Security Tour

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - President Bush is adding a helper to his Social Security road tour: House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who is facing allegations of ethical improprieties but is seen by the White House as crucial to pushing Bush's plans through Congress. In Galveston, Texas, on Tuesday, Bush was discussing his proposal to add private investment accounts to Social Security. DeLay was scheduled to attend the event with the president and, along with a few other Republican members of Congress from Texas, fly back to Washington with him on Air Force One.

Far from trying to distance Bush from DeLay's troubles, the White House has responded to criticism from Democrats with steadfast support for the majority leader. Now, with Tuesday's joint appearance, the White House is taking that loyalty to a new level.

Part of the reason is pragmatic. One of the most influential and effective conservatives on Capitol Hill, the man known as the Hammer is regarded by the White House as someone who gets things done - and the administration has proposals, such as changes to Social Security, that need an effective shepherd."
In related news, Judas Priest and Queensryche will be teaming up for a blockbuster nationwide tour this spring...

My initial thought was that letting DeLay join the Bamboozlepalooza tour is as close an admission we're likely to get from Bush that social security reform is toast on a stick. But then it occurred to me that bringing along the current "It" boy for government corruption might be a clever piece of fear-based advertising: "Lookie here. This is the sort of fellow who's keeping an eye on your payroll taxes after they're deducted from your paycheck."

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