Bush to House GOP: ‘Keep Expectations Low’

Former president George W. Bush says that House Republicans should “keep expectations low” as they prepare for the majority.

In a meeting with reporters this morning in Washington, Bush advised GOP leaders to consult with newly-elected members about the limits of legislative power. “I would hope that leaders explain to them that [congressional] power is limited and that you need to explain to your constituents what reality is.”

“Congress does not set agendas,” Bush says. “Congress can articulate, but it doesn’t set [agendas] — the legislative body is basically reactive, and it’s risk averse.”

“There will be some victorious votes on the House floor; I’m sure Boehner will be able to get some things done,” Bush says. “The question is whether it will become law.”

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...