Dubya now losing it bigtime?
You probably get the same picture we did - some mischievous gossip-mongering at the expense of the most disastrous US President in living memory, but not exactly to be taken seriously.
Well, that was until all of an hour or two ago, when we clicked over to AMERICAblog. Because both the Washington Times (the Moonie-owned rag so loyal to Bush 41) and Republican smear artist Matt Drudge are now saying the same things. Call us thunderstruck - not that we're surprised, given the individual in question, but we had hoped that someone was keeping an eye on him still. We guess Karl's got his own problems these days - a distraction evidenced by Junior's cringe-worthy solo run on the Harriet Miers nomination.
Anyway, to quote John Aravosis at the aforementioned 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:Which means that suddenly the original two blog posts we referred to aren't looking so humorous anymore. Add this to sign of rats like Rummy now deserting the sinking, 37%-approval-rating ship, and we wonder how long it will be before certain Irish-based rightwing ideologues scrub mention of the re-election of Bush 43 as their "highlight" of 2004?
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.
So basically Bush is melting down. (Or, at the very least, the number one propaganda organ of the GOP wants us to think Bush is losing it - that's just bizarre on its face, and shows had bad things are for Bush, and the party.) This is rather disturbing in view of the increased chatter about Bush, an alcoholic who never sought treatment, now reportedly drinking again."