Monday, September 26, 2005

Santorum Frustration

Rick Santorum (R-PA) leveled some harsh criticisms toward the Bush Administration Thursday in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Santorum is the head of a Senate subcommittee on Social Security and is livid at the lack of progress on Social Security reform.

Santorum's biggest complaint with Bush's Administration is one that I have pondered in a few of my other columns. Santorum questions the strategy of announcing plans to reform Social Security and then take a break during the Holidays last year while the democrats went into full scale attack mode. As has been the case throughout the Bush Administration there was no rebuttal in the press to relentless attacks about the President's plans. Santorum states in the article that he implored the Administration "to construct a plan on the order of a presidential campaign" to promote the Administration's plans for Social Security.

Santorum also states in the article "It's the old thing in politics: You either define your opponent or your opponent defines you, and we sat back and let our opponents define us and define the issue." He is absolutely right. I cannot for the life of me understand what it is going to take for the Bush Administration to fight back against the mainstream media. I'm tired of hearing that Bush is supposedly "taking the high road" for not fighting it out with the press.

Luckily so far according to polls the left has not been able to make much headway in public support even with Bush's low approval ratings and constant attacks by the left in the mainstream media. I have said it once and I'll say it again, Bush is doing a disservice to the Republican Party by not fighting back in the press. I usually have a problem when Republican Senators break ranks and criticize the President, but this is one I'm behind Santorum on. It is about time somebody in the ranks recognizes the need for staying on the offensive.

Bush has a long way to come back from where he finds himself and his Administration right now. I believe it is possible but it is going to take a Karl Rove style offensive that has to start now and continue until the end of his Presidency.
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