Republican abroad

Will a weak administration be a prisoner of special interests? How would Bush rule the world?

By Anatol Lieven   58

At the time of writing, America’s odd mix of democracy and 18th-century oligarchy was poised to give us a Bush presidency. If this is so, then the key question for the next four years will be whether Bush aims at consensus, and forms an administration including Democrats and pursuing centrist policies, or whether the electoral and post-electoral struggle continues. If it does, then a Bush administration may find itself paralysed. Lacking real legitimacy, with a tied Senate and the barest of majorities in the House of Representatives, it will be exceptionally hard for the White House to launch any big…

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