Peggy Noonan wonders why Mr. Bush calls our foreign minister 'Condi' and has other heartfelt thoughts. I can't disagree about forced informality. I was told to call the boss, 40 years older, at a technology institute 'Jim' when I was in college, would have been comfortable calling him Mr. X. Felt so alienated I became a doctor. The WSJ was kind of enough to include my thoughts on "W" and Ronald Reagan in their "Reader Responses":
Know? Trust? No Bush would start his presidential campaign near the Tallahatchie River where Emmett Till was killed. Reagan did; Southern strategy I guess. "W" is a liberal Republican like his dad. His school is practical politics. Part of his insistence on being himself was abjuring reading conservative political philosophy, "Leftism" by Kuenhelt-Leddihn for example, which could have better led him away from clichés about what America should be and was, though he has an insider's experience reflected in saying "Condi."