• This is a rush transcript from "The Journal Editorial Report," January 27, 2007.

    PAUL GIGOT, HOST: This week on the "Journal Editorial Report"...


    GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We enter the year 2007 with large endeavors underway and others that are ours to begin.


    GIGOT: President Bush delivers his sixth State of the Union address amid a Senate revolt on Iraq. Are we headed toward a constitutional showdown between the White House and Congress? Or can the president rally support for his troop surge?

    Our panel looks at the Bush agenda at home and abroad, and it chances for success, right after these headlines.


    GIGOT: Welcome to the "Journal Editorial Report." I'm Paul Gigot.

    In his first State of the Union speech before a democratic Congress, President Bush this week urged members to support his plan to secure Iraq.


    BUSH: We went into this largely united in our assumptions and in our convictions. And whatever you voted for, you did not vote for failure. Our country is pursuing a new strategy in Iraq. And I ask you to give it a chance to work.


    GIGOT: Many on Capitol Hill voiced opposition to that new strategy, including some in his own party.


    SEN. CHUCK HAGEL, R-NEB.: I don't know how many United States Senators believe we have a coherent strategy in Iraq. I don't think we have ever had a coherent strategy. In fact, I would even challenge the administration today to show us the plan that the president talked about the other night. There is no plan.


    Joining the panel this week, "Wall Street Journal" Columnist and Deputy Editor Dan Henninger, Foreign Affairs Columnist Bret Stevens, Columnist Kim Strassel and Opinionjournal.com Editor James Taranto.

    James, I thought the president took a conciliatory tone towards Congress on Iraq this week, asking them to support his new surge strategy. Did he get anywhere with that and more help from Congress?

    JAMES TARANTO, WSJ OPINIONJOURNAL.COM EDITOR: I don't think so, Paul. We're at a very perilous moment for the country because of the politics of Iraq.