Why Is Bush So Popular?

Bush keeps his numbers up by keeping his head down

George Bush did not need to go to Colombia to boost his already stratospheric approval ratings. True, he wanted to show his support for Colombian President Virgilio Barco's war against his country's entrenched cocaine processors. He also had some serious fence mending to do with Latin leaders aggrieved by the Panama invasion. But while the Cartegena drop-by took place on foreign soil, it was designed for domestic consumption. For Bush to score points at home, all he had to do was go a few rounds on the Medellin cartel's turf and come back alive. His bold posture is working: 60% of...

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