They are going to persevere. Bush made it clear that he is not about to give up the push for private accounts. He even called his mommy:
Bush says not backing down on Social Security, Reuters: President George W. Bush refused on Friday to back down from his push to restructure Social Security … he said. "One thing that's not going to happen is me dropping the subject." Lending a hand to Bush -- and a dose of sympathy -- was his 80-year-old mother, Barbara, who credited her son for taking on an issue that is a "political nightmare."
Bush Rallies for Social Security Overhaul, By Edwin Chen, LA Times: With an assist from his mother, President Bush used the bully pulpit today in hopes of reinvigorating his bid to revamp Social Security, holding his first public discussion of the retirement program in a month…Barbara Bush, the former first lady … said. "… he's got the guts to do it."
Is Bush The Little Engine That Could?
"I think I can," puffed the little locomotive, and put itself in front of the great heavy train. As is went on the little engine kept bravely puffing faster and faster, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can."
Stay vigilant. With the Supreme Court, Rove, Iraq, and who knows what else it will be difficult to stay focused on Social Security, but we cannot let the privateers outlast and outmaneuver us now that round two is beginning.