The conciliation begins.
Exactly where will this lead policy? It's anyone's guess.
Here's the WP's take:
After meeting separately with his Cabinet and the outgoing GOP congressional leadership, Bush laid out an agenda for the lame-duck congressional session that begins next week, including a nuclear technology deal with India, a free-trade agreement with Vietnam and his plan to permit wiretapping of terrorism suspects without a court warrant.Exactly where are these terrorism suspects: outside the US? Residents within the US? 60% of the public approved the wiretapping of suspected terrorists overseas. If the Dems insist of judicial review of future wiretaps of such suspects, then that thump they'll hear is the backlash of the electorate.
But prospects for controversial items such as wiretapping legislation seemed remote yesterday, as the concession of Sen. George Allen (R) in Virginia made it official that the Democrats will control that chamber as well as the House come January.
Meeting with reporters in her office after meeting with Bush at the White House, the House speaker-to-be, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said Democrats could reach accord with Bush on the legislation but will insist on some kind of judicial review of each wiretap the Justice Department seeks.
Success at the polls due to the GOP's failure to competantly manage Congress and the Iraq War doesn't give the Democrats a blank check. If they want to stay in power, they had better understand that.