The Corner


Annals of Bad Timing

Some readers have asked me why National Review has been so silent about the passing of President Bush. While I haven’t talked to my colleagues about it, I’m fairly confident there is nothing intentional about it. The news hit just as most of the editors went out to sea, literally — on the NR cruise. I’m sure there will be more to come.

I am still collecting my thoughts for my column, but I’m sure I speak for many of my colleagues when I say that, regardless of whatever ideological and policy differences we may have had, George H.W. Bush exemplified — to my mind — many of the best ideals of both America and American conservatism: abiding love of country, commitment to public service, devotion to family. He led a glorious American life and the country is better for his contributions.

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