Return Of The Charm Offensive

On the day after Super Tuesday, a ghost of politics past materialized in Los Angeles: George W. Bush the Candidate. This is a different guy from George W. Bush the President, whose rotating personae--resolute defender of freedom, deer in the headlights, jaunty flyboy--haven't been nearly as engaging as the low-key fellow who campaigned in 2000. Bush the Candidate is charming, plainspoken and humble. He rarely raises his voice; he never orates; he always drops his gs. It is hard to imagine a politician more different from John Kerry, who has dominated the past few months with equine dignity but without really...

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