A self-portrait by George W. Bush from the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy."(AP/Benny Snyder)

On the Rehabilitation of George W. Bush

So what if — after 16 years of fruitless war, 16 years of disintegrating American infrastructure, 16 years of almost unprecedented inequality — George W. Bush does find Trump’s rhetorical style distasteful? Is that really any reason to turn a presidential war criminal into a liberal hero?