In September of 2001 the Administration of George W. Bush was running
into trouble. A President who had lost the popular vote, installed into
office only through a hotly contested Supreme Court decision, had
nonetheless behaved from the start as if he possessed a mandate, eagerly
dismantling his predecessor’s achievements and turning the country on a
hard rightward course, following a strategy that had been carefully
concealed from the public during the campaign.
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