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November 21, 2005

Matt Drudge Goes Into Opposition

Pam Spaulding of Pandagon writes:

Pandagon: 'Bush rarely speaks to father, family is split': Get the Drudge siren going... Insight Mag is reporting (via... Drudge - and I'm not linking to him) that [George W. Bush] isn't getting on well with Poppy these days, and that it really is a bunker mentality at the White House.... I think about it -- this guy is running the country and has access to nukes, for god's sake.

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 %u201CScooter%u201D Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney%u2019s 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.

Maybe Poppy's finally told the little guy that the current administration has f*ed up U.S. relations with half... the globe.... After all, Poppy's had to help the poor bastard out all his life, and what does he have to show for it -- a son that is a dangerous, unstable dunce -- and everyone knows it.

Someday, I want to find somebody who can tell me why George H.W. Bush thought it a good idea to give his rolodex and his political base to his eldest son.

Posted by DeLong at November 21, 2005 07:17 PM