Saturday, July 01, 2006

Hastert vs POTUS

Denny Hastert is working his way up. Having practiced on minor White House aides, he is now beating up on the President himself:

Directed by House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Republicans this coming week will undertake a remarkable exercise: the public thrashing of President Bush's principles on a major initiative. House "field hearings" on immigration, scheduled for San Diego and Laredo, Texas, weren't designed with fact-finding in mind. Their intent is rather to batter the Senate-passed immigration bill, which embodies Mr. Bush's goal of combining border security with a guest-worker program for the 12 million illegal immigrants already here.

From today's Wall Street Journal.

Compared to previous speakers like Newt Gingrich, Hastert been almost invisible to the broader public. I would like to see a journalist write about the economic legacy of Dennis Hastert. Based on what I have seen, I doubt it would reflect the classically liberal free-market philosophy of most Republican-leaning economists.