Hitting The Ground Running

Bush dashes around Washington, but his first-week stumbles on abortion and taxes point to a rougher road ahead

Barely two weeks in office, George Bush is already a victim of his own success. As President-elect, he seemed to do no wrong: he ad-libbed long speeches and looked good on television. His Cabinet appointments, if not dazzling, were largely reassuring. His humor was winning, and his informality a relief. Freed of his campaign handlers, he seemed spontaneous, working without a net and keeping his balance.

Nothing that good is forever. Last week Bush opened in the Big Top and turned in a more mixed performance. The Capitol crowd that liked his warm-up act took a dim view of some of...

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