My favorite moment was when Bush touted the No Child Left Behind Act. No more social promotion, he promised. “We are transforming our schools by raising standards and focusing on results. We are insisting on accountability.”
Wasn’t this speech, full of unfulfilled promises and appeals to good character, basically a plea for social promotion? Isn’t that the message of the entire Bush campaign? Shouldn’t the president have to show results, too?
I have been hoping since the start of this campaign that, in the end, moderate Republicans would peel away from Bush. In that light, Saletan’s reaction offers hope. It’s also lots of fun to read.