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It is not exceptional that this was Bush's first veto. He worked with Congress to avoid vetoes, and except for two years in the Senate, the Congress has had solely Republican leaders. Bush would say "I won't sign that unless you do this," and Congress did that, so, no veto.

It's a given that when he finally does veto something, it's on a values issue where there's no room for Bush to compromise. If there were room, there would've been a compromise, and no veto.

Don't get me wrong, I do wish Bush would have vetoed a lot more bills, especially spending bills, and the campaign finance reform bill, and so on. But I don't find it interesting or exceptional that he didn't do so before now.

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