Dohiyi Mir
    In Which NTodd Says His Peace

Saturday, March 13, 2004
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A string of glaring missteps by President Bush's economic team has raised alarm among the president's supporters that his economic policymakers may have lost the most basic ability to formulate a persuasive message or anticipate the political consequences of their actions.

In recent weeks, the White House has had to endure its chief economist's positive comments about job "outsourcing," or sending work overseas; controversial passages in the annual Economic Report of the President; questions over the legitimacy of Bush's 2005 budget; a California swing in which Bush bragged about the possible addition of two or three jobs to a 14-person business in Bakersfield and a flap over a job-creation forecast that not even the president could stand by.
"Clearly, the machinery's not working very well," said Bruce Bartlett, an economist with the conservative National Center for Policy Analysis, who noted that this White House has been known for its discipline on message.
[O]utside the White House, allies are worried. The recent losing streak has the administration "on its heels," said Daniel J. Mitchell, an economist at the Heritage Foundation.

There's still a long way to go, so let's not get cocky. But damn, it's nice to see the administration not get a free pass for its gaffes. They clearly assumed they could get away with anything because the press has been so compliant since the 2000 election--I wonder if they can adjust their strategy to take the new Democratic spine and a questioning media into account?


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