Friendship Has Limits

Partisan conflicts on the budget and John Tower's stalled nomination signal trouble for the President's era of good feelings

Honeymoons have a way of ending abruptly. One day it's roses and heart-shaped beds; the next, it's dishes to be done and garbage taken out. George Bush last week had to face up to the messy chores of governing and give up his notion that making nice with the Democrats could work forever.

Since his Inauguration, Bush has been trying to keep intact the tacit gentlemen's agreement forged by his fuzzy call for an era of bipartisanship and high ethical standards: if everyone in power would just get along with everyone else in power, all would be well. A 51% federal...

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