George W. Bush probably is, mostly, who he seems to be: a nice enough guy, pleasant for chit-chat over dinner, a generally likeable fellow. I'm willing to believe he's doing the best he can with what he has, to do the best he can for what he believes the world to be. I try to respect what I hope are honest basic intentions.
And I do believe George Bush acts mostly consistently within his world view. I do believe he fundamentally wants to make the world a better place, though primarily and exactly for whom, at what cost, involving how many deaths, raises other serious concerns.
In sum I disagree with many of Mr. Bush's evident premises, principles, and practices, and with some of his supporters who would rather suppress, deny, or just ignore them:
No one can perfectly and flawlessly negotiate all the challenges we face. Many of these dynamics are terra incognita as complex and volatile as anything we've ever seen. If we would chart our way through these things, we cannot afford to re-elect a demagogue with a messiah complex. We need a leader who can think and speak at least less brashly and irrationally, more thoughtfully and intelligently, beyond pubescent vulgarity and taunting, someone who at least has grown up beyond a smug dogmatism of me-right-you-wrong, with-George-or-against-George.