In the run-up to the U.S. congressional elections, we reported how U.S. President George W. Bush's dogged insistence on sticking to his guns had left him a lone rider. Readers argued over whether Bush is an embattled hero in a white hat, and whether he and the nation need to change horses

TIME's cover headline referring to President George W. Bush as "The Lone Ranger" [Nov. 6] was like calling Donald Rumsfeld Mahatma Gandhi. Don't you know your pop-culture history? The Lone Ranger was a gallant man who helped people in distress. He then rode away,...

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