Told you so

House Speaker Dennis Hastert says he’s committed to abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, but he does not expect President Bush to make it a campaign issue…. In an interview with the Associated Press, Hastert said he had talked in general terms with President Bush about his proposals.

“I think he’s on board on the litigation issue and the regulation issue,” he said. As for the tax proposals, however, Hastert said, “I think that’s a piece they don’t want to bite off in the campaign. They have other things they want to talk about.”

Clearly, this is a major priority for the President. It must be part of that super-secret second-term plan. Why talk about something that would be massively popular with the American people in an election campaign? Either Bush does not support the idea or he’s even more strategically incompetent than I’d imagined.