Michael Kinsley (LA Times) has written this GEM ostensibly about the morass of Bush “ideas” on Soc. Sec. as a “mathematical fraud” which shows that all GW “wants in return is the opportunity to try something that will alienate people from the Republican Party for generations.” Bush Gets B+ for Honesty, Even Courage, on Social Security:
Question: Is the poll troubling?
The president: Polls? You know, if a president tries to govern based upon polls, you're kind of like a dog chasing your tail. I don't think you can make good, sound decisions based upon polls. And I don't think the American people want a president who relies upon polls and focus groups to make decisions for the American people.
— President Bush's
Thursday news conference
Or the president could be struggling toward some kind of Burkean notion that he has been elected to lead people, not to follow their whims, and leadership matters only when it takes people where they don't want to go.….”
But it’s this sentence [emphasis mine] that captures my earlier point To “Lead” where one can not follow… about the Bush “Leadership” versus “Governance” style and whether people really wish to be “lead” into this warped vision of Bush-World as their future.
(Polls seem to indicate a resounding majority of Americans DO NOT want to follow his lead on many of these issues…but then again, according to GW: “What do they know…???”)
Karen on 05.05.05 @ 06:02 AM CST