Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The Bush Breakdown?

I have blogged about president Bush’s mental state a few times. And I’ve posted about the speculations that Bush is drinking again. So this weekend when the hubby spotted the cover story of the Globe, about Bush basically having a breakdown and going into therapy after having hit the bottle again, I was intrigued. However, given the source I was a little reluctant to blog about it. That is until I heard from John Aravosis of Americablog that the Washington Times’ Insight Magazine also had the story, I thought it might be worth posting.

You have to subscribe in order to get the story, and it’s not free. Also BugMeNot.Com won’t get you in. (I tried.) I’m not entirely sure what to make of it. Let’s face it, these wingnuts have made stuff up before, but only about Bush’s opponents. I can’t imagine what the purpose might be behind making up an negative story about Bush (a desperate bid to win public back sympathy?), but that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible.

In any case, even the excerpt on the Insight Magazine front page is worth checking out.

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.

Drudge has more interesting bits, that paint an even more troubling picture.

“The atmosphere in the Oval Office has become unbearable,” a source said. “Even the family is split.”

… 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.

Stopped talking to Poppy, eh? That's gonna make it hard for Poppy’s friends to do their usual voodoo and bail W out of yet another mess he’s gotten himself (and a whole lot of other people) into. Of course, if Brent Scowcroft — and old family friend who just last year was burned when his criticism of Dubya found its way into print, and who issued warnings in 2002 against attacking Iraq — is any indication, Poppy’s friends might have had their fill of his boy too. Of course it also makes one wonder if GHWB finally laid into Dubya for his bumbling of, well, everything. After all, it’s possible that Scowcroft could have been just the messenger in 2002, a proxy for Poppy. That would be enough to make a guy with the kind of father issues Dubya has clam up in a permanent pout.

But it’s that last part that’s a little scary. He’s not talking to anyone except Laura, Condi (his “work wife”), Barbara, and Karen Hughes? (Notice, by the way, that Rove appears not to have made it into that inner circle). It’s disturbing enough that Hughes ranks as a presidential confidant, given her embarrassingly tone-deaf performance in her Middle East PR offensive. It sounds like he’s licking his wounds and pouting while not talking to some other very important people for a president to confer with in the middle of a war. Like, say, the Pentagon.  Not to mention the CIA, the DoD, etc.

It sounds like he’s losing it. And he’s got three more years to go in office. So, what do we do if we have a mentally unstable president in office for three more years?

Well we have 2006 to put a few more grown-ups in charge as far as Congress is concerned. Other than that, I guess we just hope the ship of state stays afloat until then, and wait for the president’s public meltdown in the meantime.

I tell ya, it’s coming. I can just feel

As we have said time and time again; it is time to consider 25th amendment issues. It has been clear to us for some time that there are quite a few folks in this administration who are not playing with a full deck. Cheney's lack of touch with reality has been apparent since before the war. Certain heart medications can cause deeply psychotic reactions.
Junior is clearly off his trolley for a long time. Remember the debates?  
Rummy seems, well rummy. Remember those press conferences when he was on top of the world; saying so many ridiculous things. He has calmed down considerably since the revelations about Abu Ghraib, but he is still a ridiculous old man, probably senile as hell.
Just call the men in the white coats and haul the whole lot of them off to the nearest Macadamia Ranch


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