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John Podhoretz’s Marvelous Book

John has just written a compelling defense of the Bush presidency, which I review in the current print-and-digital edition of National Review. He demonstrates, eloquently and in detail, that W. has “constructed one of the most consequential presidencies in the nation’s history.” The way I would put it is that Bush represents the mainstreaming of American conservatism-in other words, what conservatism looks like when it is implemented in practice, and becomes no longer the minority taste of an intellectual coterie but the consensus governing philosophy of most Americans. For decades, conservatives have been dreaming of somebody like Bush; now that he’s in office, we should keep our eyes on the big picture of what he’s accomplishing. The conservatives who raged against Reagan, calling him “a useful idiot,” have not been treated kindly by history.

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