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Why Are My Cronies Talking Smack About Me?

The West Wing has officially turned into some sort of junior high-level weekly soap. (And I apologize up front to the junior high school students who may be readers of this blog for my disparaging comparison.) Bushie is peevish about his peeps talking smack about him under anonymous cover with reporters.

Two sources said Bush has not only lost some confidence in his top aides, as the Daily News has previously reported, but is furious with a stream of leaks about the mood within the West Wing.

"He’s asking [friends] for opinions on who he can trust and who he can’t," one knowledgeable source said.

No one wants to breakfast with Rove any more. Guess the Jimmy Dean people will have to refinance soon. And with so many Administration ostriches burying their heads in the sand, the rest of the GOP has started complaining that all they see is the ass-end of the White House.

Apparently, the big rehabilitation plan rests on the Alito confirmation hearings and some sort of reconfigured immigration plan(you know, the one they’ve been trying to close for the last five years?). And they are trying to cast themselves as the true "cut and run" strategists — after disparaging yet another war hero for telling the public the truth only last week. I swear, the news is giving me whiplash.

So, essentially, the Preznit has reduced himself to:

Do you think I can still trust Turdblossom not to talk about me behind my back, Karen? Check Yes or No.



Yours in Presidentialness,

Is anyone else having seventh grade flashbacks?

(Photo via Erich Von Stroheim’s blog. Excellent shot.)

(At least Bushie won’t have to wonder if Chris Wallace is still in the "ass kisser" category. Ahem.)

UPDATE: And, of course, the fabu folks at Crooks and Liars have the Wallace video.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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