This is hardly the first time in history that there's been tension between Congress and the president, but this kind of stuff is being played out in public more and more these days and there's a real edge to it. I can't help but think that even his admirers are starting to see the side of Bush that people like me — and virtually all non-Americans — have always seen: a mean-spirited, bullying personality that reacts with defensive fury to the slightest hint of challenge.
(In fact, the Times quote an anonymous White House source as pretty much admitting this: "...the official expressed frustration at Republicans who praise Bush in general for being a blunt and principled leader — then protest when he is blunt and uncompromising with them.")
Source: Kevin Drum
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Friday, October 31, 2003
It's the Leadership Stupid: Update
Posted by Edward Hugh at 8:22 PM