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Rock Of Ages?

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There's not too much that's startlingly new in yesterday's Washington Post front-pager on how Bush is bearing up while his Presidency collapses around him. Nonetheless, these passages stood out:

"You don't get any feeling of somebody crouching down in the bunker,"
said Irwin M. Stelzer, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute who was part of one group of scholars who met with Bush. "This is either extraordinary self-confidence or out of touch with reality. I can't tell you which."

And:

"Much of the discussion focused on the nature of good and evil, a perennial theme for Bush, who casts the struggle against Islamic extremists in black-and-white terms. Michael Novak, a theologian who participated, said it was clear that Bush weathers his difficulties because he sees himself as doing the Lord's work."His faith is very strong," said Novak, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. "Faith is not enough by itself because there are a lot of people who have faith but weak hearts. But his faith is very strong. He seeks guidance, like every other president does, in prayer. And that means trying to be sure he's doing the right thing.
And if you've got that set, all the criticism, it doesn't faze you very much. You're answering to God."

Perhaps Mr Novak's comments go some way towards answering Mr Stelzer's question.

--Alex Massie

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