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Pulse of The Nation

I just did Washington Journal on C-SPAN, touting my forthcoming article in The Atlantic Monthly, “The Mind of George W. Bush.” Whatever the polls may say, the left is winning the intensity war, if the call-ins are any indication. The tone of them was all the more remarkable since, in my experience, C-SPAN pulls a right-wingy audience. The majority of calls ranged from uneasily to vehemently anti-war and anti-Bush. There was a lot of talk about Bush’s “alcoholic personality” (quick: what do John Quincy Adams, Franklin Pierce, Ulysses Grant, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have in common, besides being president and having “alcoholic personalities”?).

Richard Brookhiser — Historian Richard Brookhiser is a senior editor of National Review and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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