The Partisan Mr. Bush

THE PARTISAN MR. BUSH….I continue to dither about what exactly it is that motivates George Bush, but there’s at least one thing that’s always seemed clear to me: he is the most unfailingly partisan president we’ve had in a long time. It’s genuinely hard to figure out a political philosophy that ties together tax cuts, Medicare expansion, war in Iraq, immigration reform, Mars missions, Social Security privatization, and vastly increased domestic spending, but even if ideological coherency sometimes takes a backseat in Bush’s world, partisan advantage is always front and center.

Thomas Edsall and John Harris do a good job of deconstructing this in the Washington Post today. It’s worth reading.