CapitolHillBlue, an interesting site that says it's produced by disgruntled old newspapermen and -women, has an interesting article up that claims its insights from unnamed White House aides who are speaking off the record about El Presidente's "erratic" behavior in Castle Bush. "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.' "
"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."
"In interviews with a number of White House staffers who were willing to talk off the record, a picture of an administration under siege has emerged, led by a man who declares his decisions to be 'God's will' and then tells aides to 'fuck over' anyone they consider to be an opponent of the administration."
We have noticed the heightened visibility of Attorney General John Ashcroft these days: "God may also be the reason ... Ashcroft, the administration's lightning rod because of his questionable actions that critics argue threaten freedoms granted by the Constitution, remains part of the power elite. West Wing staffers call Bush and Ashcroft 'the Blues Brothers' because 'they're on a mission from God.' "
The Blues Brothers? Naw. If there's even a grain of truth in this reporting, Bush reminds me more of Peter Ustinov playing Nero in 1951's "Quo Vadis"?