A mortally wounded presidency

According to Doug Thompson’s Rant in Capitol Hill Blue, “[a] growing number of Republican leaders, party strategists and political professional now privately tell President George W. Bush that his presidency “is effectively over” unless he fires embattled White House advisor Karl Rove, apologizes to the American people for misleading the country into war and revamps his administration from top to bottom.” Bush is particularly unreceptive when it comes to Rove:

“You go to hell,” he screamed at [a GOP strategist ]. “You can leave and you can take the rest of these lily-livered motherfuckers with you!” The President then stormed out of the room and refused to meet further with any other party leaders or strategists.

Thompson has long claimed that Bush has been throwing temper tantrums, suffers from depression, and is on heavy medication. This account is certainly consistent with that, though I’ve seen no corroboration for the depression and medication claims elsewhere. The Associated Press confirms however that:

Several senior Republicans who are close to the White House and Rove say there has been a lot of talk inside and outside the White House about the need for him to leave, but they’re picking up no indication from him or his associates that it’s going to happen — at least anytime soon.

Neither Bush nor Rove has seemed to get the message, the Republicans say.

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