WASHINGTON, Mar. 30
No ouija board or Magic 8 Ball can tell you how the immigration debate or the Bolten reorganization will come out. You could pay a dollar for the New York Times, which would make you think that Hastert is compromising, Specter is meta-compromising, Snow is a Dead Secretary Walking, and Josh is a layerer.
Save your money, and know this: the day President Bush kowtows to Wall Street is the day he makes Henry Waxman Secretary of HHS and Googling monkeys switch to a different search tool.
As Dana Carvey doing his classic 41 imitation would say: na ga na do it.
As for analyzing George Allen's kicker quote in the Washington Post story about Bill Frist or Mitt Romney's entitlement musings to Bloomberg: wouldn't be prudent.
For careful readers, more on all this below.
President Bush starts the day in Cancun and travels to Chichen Itza to tour the Mayan ruins. At 4:00 pm he has a bilateral meeting with Mexican President Vicente Fox followed by a 5:15pm bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The agenda for the two-day North American summit includes trade, security, and immigration. At 8:30 pm the President attends a trilateral dinner hosted by President Fox.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks to the American Society of International Law at 4:30 pm ET.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) and HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt meet with business, education, health, state, and community leaders to discuss California's pandemic influenza preparedness at 5:30 pm ET in Los Angeles, CA.
The Senate continues debate on immigration reform. At noon, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) will offer the text of the Judiciary Committee bill as substitute language for the pending legislation offered by Dr./Leader/Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN). Debate is set to continue into the late afternoon on Thursday.
Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) joins elected officials and community leaders at 10:00 am ET to sign legislation that will crack down on gang violence and witness intimidation.
Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) and members of the newly appointed Rural Bank Task Force will make an announcement about preserving the lending opportunities in New Mexico's rural communities at 3:30 pm ET in Santa Fe, NM.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds her briefing at 10:45 am ET.
The Washington Post on the tensions underlying President Bush's visit to Mexico: LINK
More on the President's trip from USA Today: LINK
Bolten succeeds Card:
Elisabeth Bumiller of the New York Times takes the field alone to report that one of Josh Bolten's first moves as chief of staff may be to replace Treasury Secretary John Snow. LINK
Henry Paulson of Goldman Sachs, John Mack of Morgan Stanley, and Dick Parsons of Time Warner (who, apparently, can count Karl Rove among his fans) all get a mention as possible Snow successor. Bumiller also Notes that changes are afoot in the congressional liaison office at 1600 with, perhaps, Bill Paxon or Dan Coats coming on board to head up the operation.
Newsweek's Howard Fineman smartly Notes that President Bush tapping Bolten to be his new chief of staff "isn't a 'shake-up,' at least not so far. It's the opposite: a circling of the wagons. Or, in Texas-speak, it's Bush insisting on his deeply held belief in 'dancing with the ones that brung ya.'" LINK