Why This Test Helps Bush

Last Wednesday in Albuquerque, N.M., Governor Gary Johnson introduced George W. Bush by recalling a Governors' conference they attended during which Bush turned to him and asked whether he understood what was going on. "Not a thing," Johnson said. Bush replied, "Neither do I," after which the two subtly high-fived.

You would think Bush would have put the persona of puckish class goof-off to rest by now. But he actually cultivated it well into adulthood, acting as if having to work hard for something detracts from getting it. He's fond of saying that if he doesn't win the presidency, so be...

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