The Post’s Charles Babington recits a litany of problems the GOP has created for itself, including:
— The Schiavo Intervention
Intervening in Schiavo’s case, [Sen. Trent Lott] said, “was the morally right thing to do,” but “it really bothered me that the federal government would inject itself into a family medical case.”
— Tom DeLay’s Ethical Problems
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) says Democrats suffered major setbacks in the 1990s when an ethics-challenged leader — House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.), who resigned in 1989 — became a larger symbol of his party than its platform issues. “That’s a cocktail for disaster,” Graham said.
— Lack of Progress on Social Security Demolition
“I believe it’s about where we left off two weeks ago,” Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said at the end of the recess..
— Inusfficient Support for the Nuclear Option
Aides to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) said yesterday that he soon will offer Democrats a compromise on the long-standing impasse, even though a growing number of conservative activists are pressing him to force a showdown now. Democrats predict the offer will be too flimsy to entice them to stop filibustering several appellate court nominees, but the mere fact that Frist is talking of negotiations, they say, convinces them he lacks the 51 votes he needs to change the filibuster rules in a chamber with 55 GOP members.
Governing is hard. It’s hard work.