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change from issue to issue, and there is no such thing as party discipline which translated, means you do
what I the leader say you do. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics Internal Link – Political Capital (2/4)
Political capital determines success of the President’s agenda
Light, Brookings Center for Public Service founding director, 99
(Paul Charles, New York University Professor of Public Service, The President’s Agenda: Domestic Policy Choice
from Kennedy to Clinton, p. 25-26, Google Books, http://books.google.com/books?
%20Agenda&f=false, accessed 7-15-10)
In chapter 2, I will consider just how capital affects the basic parameters of the domestic agenda. Though the
internal resources are important contributors to timing and size, capital remains the cirtical factor. That
conclusion will become essential in understanding the domestic agenda. Whatever the President’s
personal expertise, character, or skills, capital is the most important resource . In the past, presidential
scholars have focused on individual factors in discussing White House decisions, personality being the
dominant factor. Yet, given low levels in presidential capital, even the most positive and most active
executive could make little impact. A president can be skilled, charming, charismatic, a veritable
legislative wizard, but if he does not have the basic congressional strength, his domestic agenda will be
severely restricted – capital affects both the number and the content of the President’s priorities . Thus,
it is capital that determines whether the President will have the opportunity to offer a detailed domestic
program, whether he will be restricted to a series of limited initiatives and vetoes. Capital sets the basic
parameters of the agenda, determining the size of the agenda and guiding the criteria for choice.
Regardless of the President’s personality, capital is the central force behind the domestic agenda. Political support key to agenda – collapse of support crushes agenda
Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute fellow and political analyst, 3
(Norman J., Roll Call, 9-10-3, “As Issues Pile Up; Bush Needs New Approach With Hill”, Lexis)
When a president operates with sky-high approval and a reputation as a winner no matter what the odds, he
has immense leverage with Members of Congress who fear his wrath and assume he will prevail. When he
stumbles, the assumptions change, and the ability to exercise power attenuates. Policymaking requires compromise
Barrett & Eshbaugh-Soha, University of North Texas, 07
[Andrew W. & Matthew, March, Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 60, No. 1, “Presidential Success on the
Substance of Legislation”, pp. 100-112, Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4623810, Accessed: 7-15-...
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