The political journalist and commentator Robert George of the New York Post has written a thoughtful piece in The New Republic on “Why I Can’t Vote for Bush.” It’s worth a careful read. Robert makes a good case, but I wonder how many conservative-minded Americans will heed it; most Bush-backers seem quite resolute in their support for their man. (And there remains the fear, even among those who think that the Bush administration has done an awful job, that although they’d like to fire Bush, they’re not ready to hire Kerry.)
Robert and I both attended St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, where we met during his freshman year, which was my senior year. I saw Robert on Tuesday in New York at the International Policy Network 2004 Bastiat Prize for Journalism awards dinner, where he mentioned that I should watch for his essay in TNR. I’m glad I did.