February 24, 2005

CAN IT REALLY HAVE TAKEN HIM FOUR DAYS TO FIGURE THIS OUT?:

The Private Bush (Howard Kurtz, February 23, 2005, Washington Post)

Doug Wead may have done George Bush a favor.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not a fan of secretly recording conversations with a friend and then releasing them to the world, muttering about the importance of history, while using the tapes to hype your forthcoming book. The word betrayal is the mildest one I can think of. And trying to justify it, rather than admit the self-serving nature of your little scam, only makes it worse.

But the debate over the tapes story, which was broken by the New York Times, has mostly been about the motivation of Wead, a man most of us had never heard of before. What Bush said when he didn't know he was being recorded hasn't stirred a whole lot of controversy.

That may be because the tapes make Bush look good, in the sense that there's very little separation between the Bush we hear in private, unaware that his pal has the recorder going, and the George W. Bush we have come to know in public.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 24, 2005 5:03 PM
Comments

It probably took four days for the results to come back that "George W. Bush tried marijuana" wasn't going to cause a seizmic shift in American politics and peel off Bush's support among his core support groups.

Posted by: John at February 24, 2005 5:59 PM

The Kurtz/Post mind is not nimble on matters concerning integrity. Naturally, their environment has caused the attribute to be selected out.

Posted by: Luciferous at February 24, 2005 6:38 PM
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