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The Right Man: An Inside Account of the Bush White House, by David Frum

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   Dick Cheney: Supports stem-cell research.
   George W. Bush: Supports adult stem-cell research but limits on embryos.
Budget & Economy
   George W. Bush: Reframed Clinton from economic prosperity to moral failing.
Civil Rights
   George W. Bush: Instinct on gay issues: do not touch them.
   George W. Bush: On Patriot Act, willing to defy ethnic lobbies.
   George W. Bush: Enron news hit White House like a death in the family.
   George W. Bush: Turned from alcoholism by power of prayer.
   George W. Bush: Favors rigorous testing over school choice.
Energy & Oil
   Dick Cheney: Energy use outstrips growth-so conserve AND drill.
   George W. Bush: Energy plan is about reducing oil imports, not cheap energy.
   George W. Bush: Rejected CO2 trading permits as solution to global warming.
   George W. Bush: Solution to global warming is safe & clean nuclear power.
Foreign Policy
   George W. Bush: Abandoned ambiguity with China to horror of own diplomats.
   George W. Bush: Focus on Russia as part of Europe.
Homeland Security
   George W. Bush: Pro-Muslim post-9-11 message failed.
   George W. Bush: "Axis of Evil" means US uses strength without remorse.
   George W. Bush: Mexico: immigration reform in exchange for oil development.
Principles & Values
   Dick Cheney: Gave up any independent political existence from Bush.
   George W. Bush: "Compassionate conservatism" disliked by conservatives.
   George W. Bush: Bush elected as the un-Clinton.
   George W. Bush: Glad to sign a law "love thy neighbor".
   George W. Bush: Conspicuous intelligence unwelcome in Bush White House.
Tax Reform
   George W. Bush: Not too big, not too small, tax cut was just the right size.
War & Peace
   Condoleezza Rice: Supported large-scale war on terror over limited war.
   George W. Bush: Bush to Arab World: terrorism must stop, or else.
   George W. Bush: "Axis of Evil" links Saddam with 9/11.
   Ted Kennedy: Bush squandered world goodwill in rush to Iraq war.

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