Thursday, December 29, 2005

Bush switches strategy - while staff short-circuits

Team Bush is rethinking its grandiose domestic agenda and downsizing to a survival plan. Having realized the political capital is spent, they finally understand that the sum total of the Bush legacy will be the war in Iraq and they should pay some attention to it. They're giving up on everything else and are focusing on re-selling the war. WaPo also has some interesting details on the infighting between the Rove camp and the younger crowd on how to spin this, led one assumes by this new guy from Duke who wrote "The Plan for Victory."

That Bush split the difference and did it half one way and half the other suggests Rove's influence may be waning a bit in light of this legal troubles but the inside line is that Bush still mostly only listens to his closest advisors and they've given up on telling him things he doesn't want to hear.

And word has it, they're burning out after trying to spin the multitude of fiascoes for so long. I remember earlier speculation that Card was going to be kicked out. Now the gossip is he wants out. Considering Powell's recent remarks condoning the NSA surveillance scandal, I'm not sure they'll let him go. I think it might be like the legend of the Mafia. Once you're in, the only way out is in a box. They own you forever.
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2 Comments:

Blogger Xanthippas said...

Given that Bush ran on national security and the "war on terror", of which it is repeatedly said Iraq is the frontline in, I don't know how it's taken them a year to figure out his only legacy will be the success or failure of this war. Bush made his bed, and now he (and the rest of us) must lie in it.

11:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Libby said...

It apparently takes the faith-based agendists a little longer than the rest of us to find reality.

5:14:00 PM  

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