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The Bush Doctrine; Gibson Got It Wrong

I was not familiar with “The Bush Doctrine” prior to the Palin interview with Charles Gibson this past week.  I was sceptical when I heard Charlie’s definition.  I decided to find out more so I could decide whether Palin deserved the derogatory comments made in response to her equivocation on the question. 

When in doubt go to the source.  It was a term coined by Washington Post political columnist Charles Krauthammer.  I wondered what he thought about the interview.  I suggest reading the entire article here.  If you don’t have time and just want the gist of it, the conclusion is as follows:

Yes, Sarah Palin didn’t know what it is. But neither does Charlie Gibson. And at least she didn’t pretend to know — while he looked down his nose and over his glasses with weary disdain, sighing and “sounding like an impatient teacher,” as the Times noted. In doing so, he captured perfectly the establishment snobbery and intellectual condescension that has characterized the chattering classes’ reaction to the mother of five who presumes to play on their stage.


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