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Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Okay, I shouldn't take delight in reports that the most powerful person on earth, with WMD's galore at his disposal, is freaking out. But I tend to think that the danger has been huge all along--and when that's the case a crisis (danger & opportunity) is actually good news. Danger and opportunity beat danger alone. Anyway, here's an interesting report from AMERICAblog:
The Washington Times, you may know, is an "independent" newspaper that is basically the mouthpiece of the Republican party. For that reason, it sometimes gets inside scoops as to what the GOP is thinking, and even what's going on inside the White House. For that reason, their latest story on Bush is extremely disturbing:
President Bush feels betrayed by several of his most senior aides and advisors and has severely restricted access to the Oval Office, administration sources say. The president's reclusiveness in the face of relentless public scrutiny of the U.S.-led war in Iraq and White House leaks regarding CIA operative Valerie Plame has become so extreme that Mr. Bush has also reduced contact with his father, former President George H.W. Bush, administration sources said on the condition of anonymity.
Matt Drudge adds on his site:
The sources said Mr. Bush maintains daily contact with only four people: first lady Laura Bush, his mother, Barbara Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes. The sources also say that Mr. Bush has stopped talking with his father, except on family occasions.
My guess is that there used to be five girlfriends who propped W up, but that turning the name "Harriet Miers" into a joke may have cost him one. And if anyone in America is scarier for the pResident to be listening to than Dick Cheney or Karl Rove, it would be Condi Rice, Karen Hughes, or especially Barbara Bush.