Rick Santorum Gives George W. Bush’s Compassionate Conservatism A Libertarian Twist

Rick Santorum is trying to bring back a version of George W. Bush’s compassionate conservatism, with one major difference: very little talk of government programs.

 

Bush’s version was a government-centric model, which his campaign brain trust used to differentiate him from the stereotype of the free-market conservative who cared little about the circumstances of the less fortunate…

 

“‘Compassionate conservative’ was the shorthand that would signal to the world that Bush was different,”