Beating Around the Bush

How you look at things.
June 16 1999 3:00 AM

Beating Around the Bush

George W. flaunts the courage of his clichés.

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5. A uniter, not a divider. Bush's greatest feat has been to spin his evasion of controversies as a virtue. "A leader must be a uniter, not a divider," he declares. "This country is hungry for a new-style campaign" that is "positive, hopeful, inclusive" and "unites America." With those words, the Republican front-runner takes a bold stand against taking bold stands. Shame on lesser candidates who demand that he choose sides on the difficult issues of the day. He's in his own league. And by selling the media distinctions without a difference, he intends to keep it that way.

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