When President Bush told the nation last night that the budget deficit is "a cancer gnawing away at our nation's health," he was right. When he said "Tonight, the Democratic and Republican leadership and I all speak with one voice in support of this agreement," he was dead wrong.
The reason: Rep. Newt Gingrich of Georgia, the No. 2 Republican in Congress, is fighting the deficit-reduction agreement tooth and nail.
Gingrich's reversion to ideological zealotry -- indeed, fanaticism is not too strong a word -- means that the most serious budget in a decade is now in grave danger of defeat.