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Republicans Protest Bush Actions

"BY JANET HOOK
LOS ANGELES TIMES

WASHINGTON - In the disciplined world of George W. Bush's presidency, Republicans for years have shunned open criticism of the White House, fearful of a call to the woodshed from an administration that prizes loyalty.

So it was a striking departure when Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania -- a high-ranking party official and a stalwart Bush ally -- recently lambasted the administration's handling of this year's Social Security debate. It was even more striking that his office e-mailed the news far and wide with a subject line boasting: 'Santorum takes Bush to task over Social Security strategy.'"

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