“I’ve got confidence in my capabilities. I love to be underestimated.” “George W. Bush: Easy to Underestimate,” USA Today, June 8, 2000.
“What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens.” Attributed to Benjamin Disraeli.
Not a bush but a “shrub.” Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose, Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush, New York: Vintage Books, 2000.
“It makes it all the easier for President Bush to succeed.” Richard S. Dunham, “The Best Way to Help Bush: Underestimate Him,” BusinessWeek Online, January 29, 2001.
“I think we underestimate this man at our own peril.” Dunham, “The Best Way to Help Bush.”
“Those who think that they can say we’re only going to have a stimulus package …” Press conference, March 29, 2001.
“You come into office at zero years, and you’ve got 8 years ahead of you, hopefully.” “A Life in Public Service,” Conversations with Harry Kreisler, April 16, 1996 (Institute of International Studies, Berkeley, CA), at http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/McNamara/mcnamara5.html
“My dad had earned enormous capital from the Gulf War …” Walter Shapiro, “True Meaning of Election Can’t Be Gleaned from Polls,” November 6, 2002.
“It was as if everyone had underestimated him and by the time they wised up he was in control.” Gregory Curtis, “How I Learned Not to Underestimate George W. Bush,” Time, January 26, 2001.
“he and Rove went for broke.” David S. Broder, “Political Steamroller,” Washington Post, November 17, 2002, B7.
“O.K., he’s not the brightest porch light on the block.” Ivis and Dubose, Shrub, 194.
“To be effective is the job of the executive.…” Peter F. Drucker, The Effective Executive, New York: HarperBusiness, 1967, 2002, 1.
Mary Matalin election estimate. CNN, at http:// www.cnn.com/2002/fyi/news/11/05/elections/index.html.
“I would have crawled on broken glass.” Elisabeth Bumiller, “Peace and Political Status at 39,000 Feet,” New York Times, October 29, 2002, A24.
Estimate of Republican gains in state legislatures. Christopher Lee, “Republicans Make Historic Showing in Statehouses; GOP Realizes A Net Gain of About 200 Seats,” Washington Post, November 7, 2002, A39.
“Bush was critical.…” Tony Allen-Mills, “Barnstorming Bush on a Roll as Democrats Seek Saviour,” The Times [London], November 10, 2002, 26.
“started with a narrow win in his first race for governor …” Broder, “Political Steamroller.”
“It was a 50-50 country before the election, and it’s still a 50-50 country… I don’t think this is an overwhelming mandate.” Dana Milbank and Mike Allen, “White House Claims Election Is Broad Mandate,” November 7, 2002, A27.
“It is a big victory.” Milbank and Allen, “White House Claims Election Is Broad Mandate.”
“The White House took a huge gamble; they rolled the dice, and it worked.… They won the 2000 election legitimately last night. He got his mandate, he got his victory and now he can govern for two years.” Milbank and Allen, “White House Claims Election is Broad Mandate.”
“He moves boldly even when he doesn’t have any political capital.… He moves to create capital.” Interview with the author, December 14, 2002.
“thinks the conventional wisdom about how you respond to a big victory is wrong.… It strengthens your hand to act.” John Harwood, “New Appointments Show Bush Staying Conservative Course,” Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2002, A4.
“We fight, as we always fight, for a just peace …” The White House, The National Security Strategy of the United States of America, September 2002, 1.
“America is now threatened less by conquering states than we are by failing ones.” The White House, The National Security Strategy of the United States of America, September 2002, 1.
“He’s made a science out of selling tough partisan proposals with cool rhetoric.” Mann interview.
“So much of politics and public life is chance and serendipity.” Mann interview.