Finding Her Own Calcutta

In L.A., compassionate conservatism is defined

For those who have been wondering exactly what compassionate conservatism means, we've found an explanation better than anything George W. Bush has uttered. A wealthy Los Angeles businesswoman named Noel Irwin Hentschel can be called a compassionate conservative, although, like other Republicans, she's insulted by the implication that to be both things at once constitutes a genetic breakthrough.

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on chads and other electoral alligators finally rolled in and Bush made his victory speech, Irwin Hentschel watched with her family in their gated French colonial mansion in the exclusive Bel Air section. Outside, a Rolls-Royce and...

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