George Bush was convinced (apparently by West Virginia Congressman Nick Rahall) not to call Congress back into session to write an energy bill. This is a strange twist on the effect of the “Lame Duck” presidency. Congress, it is true, will tend to ignore the policy priorities of an outgoing President when it has other priorities of its own, but shouldn’t the freedom from personal political consequence inspire principled action by that same President when no political price is to be paid by him at the polls?
That George Bush will not call Democrats to account for skipping town instead of coming up with an energy bill wreaks of “propriety” and “fair play” unduly given to congressional leadership which is guided by improper and self-aggrandizing political motives.
Read my lips, “No new energy policy for America.”