Thursday, March 07, 2002

PANDERING, NOT COMPROMISE: Political compromise is like a negotiated truce between two warring states of equal strength. They fight intending to win, but can't seize the advantage, and finally, when they're too bloodied and weary to go on, they cut a deal that pleases nobody but dishonors no one. The President didn't need to compromise his free trade principles by imposing steel tariffs. He's not negotiating with the Democrats to get something he wants. He's gambling that screwing over manufacturers and consumers will help a few Republican House incumbents. Steel producers and their unions get what they want; he gets nothing but a potential advantage. That's not compromise; it's pandering of the lowest kind.

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