Linda Milazzo suggests that one reason Bush is so eager to defend Rumsfeld is that, if sacrificed, Rumsfeld might “sing”. To lift two sentences:
The fact is, Rumsfeld’s giant ego won’t let him take the heat for Bush’s failed policies. And Bush knows it.
I don’t buy it. I think that Bush and Rumsfeld are firmly on the same side of this fight. Furthermore, I think that Rumsfeld has been so intimately involved in creating this mess that he can’t bad mouth the administration without bad mouthing himself. Nonetheless, It’s an interesting thought.