The Cheshire Candidate

What's lurking behind Bush's smirk? Maybe an attitude problem

A smile is just a smile," the song goes, but with polls showing Governor George W. Bush falling behind in the New Hampshire primary, and after two underwhelming debate performances, the smile with enough wattage to light the national Christmas tree has devolved into the Smirk. It is actually a full-body tic: a pressing together of the upturned lips with a shrug of the shoulders and a preening tilt of the head that signals the Governor is awfully pleased with himself.

For a while, Bush's facial expression was chronicled only in print. The Wall Street Journal wrote about Bush frozen in...

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