Table: Can George W. Keep up the Momentum?
President Bush wrapped up his first six months with big wins in the House and rising popularity. Still, he faces plenty of obstacles in the fall--though the Democrats have even greater deficits to overcome.
WHERE BUSH IS WEAK
REVENGE OF THE GREENS
The White House will be on the defensive as the Democrats fight to enforce
A recent poll found that 67% of Americans think corporations exert too much influence on Bush.
PRESCRIPTION FOR DISASTER?
Bush has resisted a Medicare drug benefit for seniors. Democrats will try to portray him as insensitive to the elderly.
WHERE DEMS ARE WEAK
If Senate Democrats just say no to every House-passed Bush initiative, they'll get labeled as obstructionists.
THAT LIBERAL LABEL
Hill Dems could be tagged as "soft on defense" for opposing White House plans to modernize the Pentagon.
Attempts to blame Bush tax cuts for "bankrupting" Social Security or Medicare could backfire with baby boomers and young voters.