This guy really went off the rails right here.
He is all over the map. Politically unstable and illogical.
Didn't read anymore after he completely and non-nonsensically shifted gears from Bush complaints (many valid ones) to pandering to Hispanics and blacks. Talk about a non-sequitur.
Bush was always what he appeared to be a "compassionate conservative." Get it? No big mystery. Very straight forward. Big government with a born-again, save your neighbor flavor.
I never bought the "Bush as the second coming of Reagan" marketing meme (and it was a marketing meme).
The fact that Bush was a mystery to him tells me this author is not very bright.
"...my recognition that Obama is not a leftist... Viewed in historical context, I see Obama as actually being on the center-right.... It is now widely understood that the nation may be center-left after all, not center-right as conservatives thought."
So, which is it, Bartlett?