The Corner

On Political Capital

Before he became president, Bush was asked whether he learned any lessons from his father’s presidency that he would apply to his own. Dubya replied roughly this way: “When you have political capital, spend it.” It’s a very good idea, and it was a very good lesson to have learned from Poppy’s one term.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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