Plain Squeaking

Bush tries hard to "give 'em hell," but his harsh campaign attacks on Democrats fail to boost his sagging credibility

During the final throes of an otherwise forgettable midterm campaign, Americans last week witnessed a strange spectacle: George Bush, the celebrated conciliator and undistinguished orator, tried -- at least for a couple of days -- to emulate Harry ("Give 'Em Hell") Truman.

Rallying Republicans in Oklahoma City, Bush blamed the Democrat-controlled Congress for dragging the economy to the edge of recession. He snarled that Congress had "turned its back on our police officers." Later he boasted that Republicans had "held the line against reckless cuts of our armed forces" sought by Democrats, adding that "we owe that much to our men...

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