Where's Bush's Backup?

The pitchmen for his tax-cut package have been invisible -- and the debate is swinging against them. Can they play catch-up?

Three days after President George W. Bush unveiled his $674 billion economic package on Jan. 7 amid catcalls from Democrats, The New York Times ran an opinion column that was a ringing defense of the plan. The author: Lawrence B. Lindsey, recently dumped as Bush's chief economic adviser, in a purge that also cost Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill his job.

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