President George W. Bush’s increasingly erratic behavior and wide mood swings has the halls of the West Wing buzzing lately as aides privately express growing concern over their leader’s state of mind.In meetings with top aides and administration officials, the President goes from quoting the Bible in one breath to obscene tantrums against the media, Democrats and others that he classifies as “enemies of the state.”
Worried White House aides paint a portrait of a man on the edge, increasingly wary of those who disagree with him and paranoid of a public that no longer trusts his policies in Iraq or at home.
“It reminds me of the Nixon days,” says a longtime GOP political consultant with contacts in the White House. “Everybody is an enemy; everybody is out to get him. That’s the mood over there.”
Adam warns that we should ‘take this with a grain of salt’ because it comes from Capital Hill Blue which, he says, ‘is not always reliable.’ Maybe, but it does have the ring of what may be under the stories that have been coming out for months now, and the stories we’ve been getting lately about the chaos inside the WH. It fits. It fits what we know of the man, of his history, of his arrogance, short temper, and feelings of entitlement–as in, ‘I’m entitled to rule the world. I’m George W Bush, boy Emperor on a Mission from God.’ This is the man after all who, in the famous call to Gore asking him to concede, said when Gore reminded him that as close as it was there was going to be a recount, ‘But my brother says….’ (Doesn’t this jerk know our family owns that state? Where’s Karl?) The man who got on his high horse when a reporter dared to call him ‘sir’ instead of ‘Mr President’. Does anything we know about him suggest that this report isn’t true?
George is under heavier pressure than at any time in his life, beseiged on all sides, chickens coming home to roost on every Louis Quinze chair in the Oval Office.
# The Plame Affair is about to bust wide open;
# Chalabi already has;
#his numbers are at an all-time low;
#the FBI is administering lie detector tests to some of his closest aides over who fed Chalabi the Iranian codes;
#his VP could be indicted over the Halliburton kickbacks (turns out he was just kidding about that ‘blind trust’ thing);
#the Sadr Rebellion has spread from Najaf and Fallujah to Baghdad itself;
#members of his own party are trashing his budget policies and the resulting MASSIVE deficits;
#the GOP, which was talking ecstatically not so long ago of taking over both Houses of Congress with big enough majorities to wipe out Democrats for a couple of generations, is now praying it can hold onto the numbers it has;
# Iraq is spiraling out of control (‘[W]hoever may now be in control inside the Green Zone, events are not. Not even faintly. We’re talking here about putting the genie back in the bottle, the famed toothpaste back in the tube.’);
# and he had to sit there and suffer through a pointed criticism from a sick old man who just happens to be one of the most powerful spiritual leaders in the world.
It’s not a good time. In fact it’s a miracle that a man of Junior’s intemperateness, short attention span, lack of humility, and need for subservience in those around him hasn’t thrown a brick into the Rose Garden. Through a closed window. At Dana Milbank.
No, I don’t have much trouble believing this report.