“He sticks to his guns because of his commitment to a notion of leadership that says leaders don’t waiver,” said Bruce Buchanan, a University of Texas political scientist who has followed Bush’s career.
This reminds me of a story my wife told about taking a plea from a minor in juvenile court. When prosecutors take pleas, they must advise the defendants of their rights (such as the right to a jury trial, to confront and cross-examine witnesses, to remain silent, and to put on a defense), and ask them if they want to give up those rights to enter the plea. Some D.A.’s ask if the defendants want to “waive and give up” those rights. My wife asked that question, and the minor lifted up his hand and literally waved — and gave up his rights.
This is why I just ask defendants if they “give up” their rights. For one thing, I hate redundancy, and for another, I don’t like to repeat myself. So if I have to choose between asking them if they will “waive” their rights, or if they will “give up” their rights, I’m going with the one I know they’ll understand.
That’s my position, and I will never waiver.