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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Bush's gone crazy.

Exaggeration? Maybe, but these don't sound like the acts of a rational leader. (from Drudge, so grains of salt)

Bush rarely speaks to father, ‘family is split’
Tue Nov 15 2005 11:23:51 ET

President Bush feels betrayed by several of his most senior aides and advisors and has severely restricted access to the Oval Office, INSIGHT magazine claims in a new report.

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.

“The atmosphere in the Oval Office has become unbearable,” a source said. “Even the family is split.”

INSIGHT: Sources close to the White House say that Mr. Bush has become isolated and feels betrayed by key officials in the wake of plunging domestic support, the continued insurgency in Iraq and the CIA-leak investigation that has resulted in the indictment and resignation of Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff.

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.

Sounds to me like fairly classic paranoia. Notice that all the people he "maintains daily contact with" are women. Might explain the Miers nomination, no?

How can you run a government like this? I'm skeptical, but the change to attack the dems regarding prewar intel does sound like previous Karen Hughes works.

(Drudge had this up last night as a link to the original Insight mag piece, but the site kept reporting down and timing out. So, I cannot verify this interpretation or back the claims.)


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