Reporter's Notebook: Bush May Turn Setbacks into Assets

According to a new study by, in terms of the money spent on the trips, the top 10 members of Congress who availed themselves of these privately funded trips were Democrats. The list includes Senator Evan Bayh, D-Ind., who is mulling a run for the presidency in 2008, and who took $160,577 worth of trips, according to the study, often to posh resorts like the Greenbrier in West Virginia. DeLay, incidentally, ranked 28th.

The focus on DeLay's problems has many in Congress concerned about their own behavior and revising past disclosure reports -- including Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, a Democrat on the House Ethics Committee, and staffers for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who did not properly disclose 12 trips.

These fights on Social Security and congressional ethics seem like potential winners for the Democrats. But beneath the surface could lie treacherous terrain.

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