“The volatility of
has increased considerably,” says Sweet. “My job has gotten more interesting.” Washington
Broadly speaking, Sweet's take is that this Congress could prove productive. Reasoning: The Democrats' need to protect conservative-leaning seats will prevent them from drifting too far left. Republicans, with a nervous eye on 2008, risk being tarred obstructionists if they block too much. Add to the mix President Bush's likely desire to burnish his legacy, and the stage is set for cutting deals and passing laws.