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Wandering Eye: The Bushes and 'Chang,' James Madison's spin, and more

Wandering Eye: The Bushes and 'Chang,' James Madison's spin, and more

A catch phrase can embody a lot of subtext, as this blog post by Brad DeLong explains. Jeb Bush has sometimes described a "mystical warrior" named Chang, who embodies all of the conservative virtues. His father, George H.W. Bush, used to threaten to "unleash Chiang" on his tennis opponents. But the real historical reference here is to Chiang Kaishek, titular leader of Taiwan after losing China's civil war to Mao Zedong. After that, the U.S. 7th Fleet took up residence...

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