Magazine December 29, 2008, Issue

The Politics of Everyman

President George W. Bush waves as he walks onto the stage to give his speech on the final night of the 2004 Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York, September 2, 2004. (Rick Wilking / Reuters)
George W. Bush, American — and his mélange of influences

During the 2004 election campaign, I was invited to take part in a BBC discussion of the nature of the Bush presidency. It was a lively debate, but I was miscast. The BBC wanted a conservative defender of the president, and my main argument was that Bush wasn’t a conservative. Experience has since taught me the futility of trying to demonstrate this. 

Conservatives don’t need telling. Most already know it and can readily list the president’s liberal sins — his overspending, his gutting of education reform to win the support of Teddy Kennedy, his wink and nod to the Supreme Court

In This Issue


Books, Arts & Manners


Never Give In

The British media now and again run polls to ask who are the greatest Englishmen of all time, and Winston Churchill invariably comes out on top.

His Uncle’s Son

Lessons from My Uncle James provides real-world examples of how bedrock civilizing principles are passed on — or, as James Louis himself might put it, how a boy is raised ...


The Week

The Week

Hillary Clinton paid $36 million for her Senate seat, but Obama’s was on the market for a mere $150,000.


The Latest

A Revolt in Cuba

A Revolt in Cuba

Last month, thousands of Cubans poured into the streets, daring to protest the government that has ruled them for 60-plus years.