Essay: The Leadership Thing

In a dozen subtle ways, George Bush has spent the past year and a half distancing himself from Ronald Reagan. His White House press room is used for press conferences, not games of hide-and-seek; his First Lady prefers gardening in slacks to hostessing in a designer dress. Even the phrase "kinder, gentler" was a covert, backward-looking rebuke: Kinder and gentler than who?

There have to be a few Bushmen, along about now, who are wondering if the process of de-Reaganization hasn't gone too far. With the tax switch clinging to their cheeks like the remnants of a burst globe of bubble...

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