Shrum now feels he was wrong twice in boosting Edwards, though he believes Sen. Joseph Lieberman also turned out to be a poor choice as the 2000 vice-presidential nominee. Senior adviser to Al Gore and John Kerry as the presidential candidates in those years, Shrum was engaged in the selection of vice-presidential nominees.
Shrum's "No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner," scheduled for publication next month, is described by those who have read it as extraordinarily candid. That belies unsubstantiated reports that he may again work for a Democratic presidential aspirant in 2008.
After five months of Democratic control, Congress has enacted no major legislation and finished no regular appropriations bill. It has successfully renamed six federal buildings and one national park, extended the lives of two government commissions and reduced the membership of the Red Cross board of governors from 50 to 10.
In addition, Congress kept the government going with temporary spending legislation, redesignated five Eastern European countries (Albania, Macedonia, Croatia, Georgia and Ukraine) for security aid, strengthened penalties against animal fighting and authorized construction of 541 feet of road in St. Louis County, Mo. An emergency bill financing the war in Iraq and Afghanistan was vetoed by President Bush before a bill acceptable to him was passed before the Memorial Day recess.
Congress faces a heavy agenda to fit into a schedule interrupted by several recesses before the end of the year.