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The Texas nexus

George W Bush's conservatism, a Texan political tradition dating back to the years of the southern confederacy, now dominates within Washington. The American right has been Texanised

By Michael Lind   April 2003

When Lyndon Johnson was US president between 1963 and 1969, the world grew familiar with the “western White House” – the Johnson ranch on the Pedernales river west of Austin, in the heart of his beloved central Texan hill country. Three decades later, newly elected president George W Bush began hosting foreign leaders at his own Texas ranch – this one north of Austin in Crawford. Although Bush was ridiculed in the liberal press as a phony rancher – and indeed, many of his activities on the ranch, like clearing brush in the midsummer heat, were publicity stunts – there…

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