Taft represented a victory for everything that was least progressive in Roosevelt. The great love which bound the two men, as it has been described touchingly and at length by dozens of their friends and aides, contained scarcely a glimmer of common interest relating to reform. It had to do with social standing, political advancement, favors asked and favors given.... The essence of Roosevelt's conservatism was his dependence on party politics; of Taft's his adherence to the law. Roosevelt, that is to say, was a politician; his friend was a lawyer.