Lyndon Baines Bush?

He sounds like Great Society II, until you look at his budget

No one will ever say of George Bush what someone once said of Winston Churchill, that "he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." But Bush can surprise, especially when he remembers that nothing makes Americans feel better than some good old-fashioned Democratic sweet talk. Last year it was a kinder, gentler Inaugural, last week a State of the Union address that could have been delivered by Lyndon Johnson.

Ideologically, the President seemed back in the political center he inhabited proudly before expediency drove him to embrace Reaganism. All the hard-right touches were gone: not one rant against abortion,...

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