How Determination Works
George Bush ran for reelection on the idea that "determination" was the key to defeating Al Qaeda, rather than things like ideas, policies and diplomacy. I never really understood why one might think this, but it is definitely becoming clearer:
Still, some Republicans are resigned to uniting behind the president [on Social Security privatization], given his determination. "The president is going to go ahead," said Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a Republican leadership lieutenant. "He cannot afford to fail. It would have repercussions for the rest of his program, including foreign policy. We can't hand the president a defeat on his major domestic initiative at a time of war."Bush's determination is mighty enough to cow even the steadfast cadre of Washington Republicans - surely it is potent enough to wash away al Qaedaism as well.