Courtesy of Josh Marshall at the TPM Cafe we learn that Bush gave an interview to Paul Gigot in which he said the Republicans will retain control of congress and he plans to phase out Social Security.

He won’t stop talking about it. Privatizing Social Security has always been Bush’s central domestic policy goal. And he knows 2007 is his last and best chance so long as Republicans hold control of Congress.

It’s also no accident he raises the issue in an interview with conservative columnist Gigot. The White House doesn’t want to broadcast his interest in phasing out Social Security. But they very much do want to create what amounts to a paper trail so that after a potential Republican victory they can argue that they contested the election on the basis of privatization and their win gives them a mandate.

That is exactly what’s happening here.