For those who want to stand against the pseudo-plans of the President, Kevin Drum over at Political Animal has some good advice.
I guess they call it the third rail of American politics for a reason. I continue, though, to think that somewhere there's a Plan B in the background. Bush has gained a reputation for resoluteness based on his unbending dedication to upper crust tax breaks and military action in Iraq, but as Marshall Wittman points out, he's happily flip flopped on practically every other policy initiative he's been associated with. He's probably willing to do it this time too.In addition, any Congressman who wants to know understand the real stakes in this should simply reflect on the fact that the President wants to talk about Social Security, but he wants the Republicans in Congress to step up and put it on paper.
He's good at it, too, which means that Max is right: Democrats shouldn't let themselves get panicked into offering alternatives to Bush's plan too soon. After all, there's no particular crisis at hand and no particular reason to help Bush out of a dilemma of his own making. Let him twist for a while.
The President may have capital to spend, but he's not going to risk losing his shirt on this one.