April 26, 2006
Can the Bush presidency be saved? According to TIME magazine, new chief of staff Josh Bolton has a five-point strategy to save it.
#1 – Deploy more guns and badges along the border. Under the guise of homeland security, the White House plans to seek more funding for a highly visible enforcement crackdown at the Mexican border.
#2 – Make wall street happy by focusing on two tax measures already in the pipeline – extensions of the rate cuts for stock dividends and capital gains.
#3 – Brag more. Tout the accomplishments and seize the initiative. So far, the administration has been more reactive than pro-active.
#4 – Reclaim security credibility. Polls show most of the country trusted the president on security. Not now. That has to change.
#5 – Court the press. That should be obvious. The press can make or break you and many in the administration have done little since the toppling of Saddam to win and keep most of them on their side. I’ve been saying some of these things for some time. Glad they are now listening. I hope it’s not too late.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.