The White House Nervous and Nasty

Bush's feckless efforts to have it both ways on civil rights and the economy have plunged his Administration into disarray

George Bush trusts his gut in foreign policy. He knows what he wants to do and he does it. But on the home front, the President fears that his moderate instincts will only land him in trouble with the Republican conservatives who have distrusted and dogged him throughout his long career. Thus a hallmark of Bush's governing style has been his determination to have it both ways on contentious domestic issues. On civil rights, for instance, Bush declares himself an opponent of racial hiring "quotas" reviled by the right. Yet he supports "set-asides" that reserve a share of federal contracts for...

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