April 1, 2007

SO MUCH FOR THAT SENSE OF SACRIFICE, EH?:

Ex-Aide Says He's Lost Faith in Bush (JIM RUTENBERG, 4/01/07, NY Times)

In 1999, Matthew Dowd became a symbol of George W. Bush's early success at positioning himself as a Republican with Democratic appeal.

A top strategist for the Texas Democrats who was disappointed by the Bill Clinton years, Mr. Dowd was impressed by the pledge of Mr. Bush, then governor of Texas, to bring a spirit of cooperation to Washington. He switched parties, joined Mr. Bush's political brain trust and dedicated the next six years to getting him to the Oval Office and keeping him there. In 2004, he was appointed the president's chief campaign strategist.

Looking back, Mr. Dowd now says his faith in Mr. Bush was misplaced.

In a wide-ranging interview here, Mr. Dowd called for a withdrawal from Iraq and expressed his disappointment in Mr. Bush's leadership.

He criticized the president as failing to call the nation to a shared sense of sacrifice at a time of war, failing to reach across the political divide to build consensus and ignoring the will of the people on Iraq. [...]

In the last several years, as he has gradually broken his ties with the Bush camp, one of Mr. Dowd's premature twin daughters died, he was divorced, and he watched his oldest son prepare for deployment to Iraq as an Army intelligence specialist fluent in Arabic.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 1, 2007 8:44 AM
Comments

More of the same from another self-serving politico...

Posted by: sam at April 1, 2007 9:11 AM

More strange new respect from the NYT for a GOPer. He can run Hegal's campaign.

Posted by: Bob at April 1, 2007 9:32 AM

--failing to reach across the political divide to build consensus--

horsehockey

Posted by: Sandy P at April 1, 2007 11:31 AM

'failing to reach across the political divide to build consensus" What if the other side keeps distorting what you said, and buried the good news in a tiny corner at the bottom of page 28? There's no way to build consensus if the other side refuses to consent. The real question is why the other side wants us to lose?

Posted by: ic at April 1, 2007 12:02 PM

It sounds like Mr. Dowd's disappointment comes from the realization that George Bush is who he actually is and not the man that Mr. Dowd had created in his own mind.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 2, 2007 6:32 AM
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