THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE ran a nice editorial Monday. It thanked President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush for their work "to break the deadly AIDS epidemic threatening Africa."
The former first couple spent a week earlier this month in Zambia helping to build a facility to treat women's cancers, which hit HIV-positive women especially hard. We saw pictures of a very fit-looking Bush, in T-shirt and jeans, hauling construction materials to build the new facility.
Coming from such a notorious Bush-bashing editorial board, this essay is generous, kind, decent, and true. But it ends on a false note.
LET'S ASSUME that's true, ignoring for the moment our governor's record of political success against clever Democrats who've thrown themselves against him. So what explains how this dolt understands that it's a bad idea to expand Medicaid in Texas, while geniuses like those at the Houston Chronicle editorial board get it wrong?
Wisdom, perhaps? Or if that's too strong a word, how about . . .
By right-left acclaim, at least among elites, the Chief Justice has engineered a Marbury v. Madison-like verdict that camouflages new limits on federal power as a reprieve for President Obama's entitlement legacy and in a stroke enhanced the Supreme Court's reputation -- and his own. This purported "long game" appeals to conservatives who can console themselves with a moral victory . . . .
CANDIDATE ROMNEY's new "Day One" advert is two-thirds right on and one-third horrifying. Immediately approving the Keystone XL: That's good. So is the promise to introduce tax cuts and reforms that reward job creators rather than punishing them. But Mr. Romney's third promise inflames, possibly confirms, conservatives' worst suspicions. It says . . .
A USEFUL Houston Chronicle editorial on soldier suicides ended on this startling false note:
As military officials start to implement the thoughtful, detailed recommendations of [a congressionally mandated report on soldier suicides], their first priority should be to move quickly and decisively to eradicate that "warrior" spirit that prevents so many from seeking treatment. Shame on them for tolerating an environment that heaps even more stress and fear on the heroes who have already sacrificed so much for their country.
ADULTS WHO frequently feel grateful have more energy, more optimism, more social connections and more happiness than those who do not, according to studies conducted over the past decade. They're also less likely to be . . .