Get Ready To Parry

His G.O.P. rivals can't wait to take down George W. Bush

Republican presidential challengers have tried everything to goad Texas Governor George W. Bush off his front porch in Austin. What's he afraid of? they've asked. He's nothing but a name, they've whispered. But Bush has just smiled--his poll numbers have stayed stratospheric and the satchels full of checks are still coming in to his ZIP code. Last week Elizabeth Dole threw a tomato. Though she did not mention Bush by name, the former Cabinet secretary launched a verbal missile in the post-Littleton gun-control debate, declaring that it was "wrong to let people carry concealed weapons." Her target was obvious. Bush, who...

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