Josh Chafetz agrees and expands upon John Podhoretz’ suggestion that President Bush make “a series of major addresses — long and thoughtful speeches of the sort that have continually helped to elevate his presidency and given it substantive heft.” Matthew Yglesias thinks this idea is amusing.
Not surprisingly, I side with Chafetz and company on this one. Certainly, Bush is not an orator on par with Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan. Or, hell, his dad. But he connects very well with the voters if he’s in the right forum and sticks to topics he deeply believes in.
The bottom line is that this election will be about his performance during his first term. He needs to defend that performance which, on balance, has been pretty good.