Essay: Is Bush Nice? A Contrarian View

A Contrarian View

George Bush seems like a hard man not to like. But some of us are up to the challenge. It's not a question of disagreeing with his policies, or despairing of his "vision," or worrying about his "timidity" -- the usual charges. A few people retain what the President himself has called "this fantastically, diabolically anti-me" attitude. They dislike him personally.

When Bush is still remarkably high in the polls, this demands an explanation. The President's popularity is partly owing to the stream of good news on the economic and international fronts. But since he has barely even tried to put...

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