We can't stop laughing. We just read the AP's characterization of Bush's anticipated RNC speech, and it clarifies so much. You probably thought he was flip-flopping like a dying catfish on issues from the economy to foreign policy to "compassionate conservatism." Au contraire (yes, it's French, okay?)! It's that Bush has actually had Two Presidencies in One! We're not kidding. Dig this:
"When he steps up to accept his party's nomination for a second time, President Bush will present the record of not one but two presidencies: one before and another after Sept. 11, 2001.
In Philadelphia four summers ago, the then-governor of Texas preached "compassionate conservatism," promised to give part of a projected 10-year, $5.6 trillion surplus back to taxpayers and pledged to avoid open-ended military entanglements overseas.
But then came the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, two wars, a recession and record deficits. That stands as Bush's second presidency." Read the rest here:
Does anyone but us notice a disconnect between this characterization of the "two Bushes" and the widely-held popular notion that the guy has the integrity and immutability of a rock on his issues and supposed "values"?