State of the Union: New Beginning or Beginning of the End?

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Last night, for the first time, President Bush faced a Democratic Congress, with his own poll ratings lower than ever.  In his State of the Union address, he defended his troop increase plan and asked Congress to "give it a chance." Today, a Senate committee passed a non-binding resolution repudiating what he calls the "new way forward." Did the President get any traction with his proposals on health insurance, immigration and curbing energy use? Are Congress and the American people still listening to anything but news about the unpopular war in Iraq?  We speak with journalists, pollsters, strategists and public-policy experts about a President struggling to re-assert his authority.




Warren Olney