Some time ago – in fact just over eight years ago, Governor George W. Bush started describing himself as a “compassionate conservative”. Here’s the question: what was so compassionate about this president? Did he actually help the poorest members of society? Did he help those who were most disenfranchised? I see no evidence of his doing so. Perhaps it is unfair to judge him in this light given that he now seemingly defines his presidency as how he responded to the attacks on September 11th. Or perhaps we should simply not speak ill of the lame duck, not because it’s in bad taste but simply because it is not worth our time. But feel free if you like.