Beating Around the Bush
George W. flaunts the courage of his clichés.
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.
Will Saletan covers science, technology, and politics for Slate and says a lot of things that get him in trouble.