Howard Fineman makes a lame attempt at drawing an analogy between the war and domestic politics, writing of “warring tribes” within the GOP congressional delegation and the battle between “Sheik” Tom Delay and the “moderate” Bill Frist. It is hardly surprising that, given a mere one seat majority, Frist is unable to get all the president’s legislation passed. Further, my guess is very few voters really care whether the president gets a $700 billion tax cut, $550 billion, or $100 billion. The bottom line will be the overall performance of the economy–of which presidents have little control but are nonetheless held accountable–and how the war on terrorism is going.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.