Now here's a disturbing little piece. Some White House staffers and outsiders who have contact with the West Wing are becoming increasingly concerned about President Bush's mental state. The story is from Capitol Hill Blue, which claims it's the oldest surviving news site on the Web (née 1994). It also has the reputation of being the Democratic version of Matt Drudge. And, finally, the piece is based exclusively on anonymous sources, so take it with a grain of salt.
Blue proprietor Doug Thompson writes:
"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.”
A case in point: George Tenet, the CIA chief who abruptly resigned last week. Here's Blue again:
"Tenet wanted to quit last year but the President got his back up and wouldn't hear of it," says an aide. "That would have been the opportune time to make a change, not in the middle of an election campaign, but when the director challenged the President during the meeting Wednesday, the President cut him off by saying 'that's it George. I cannot abide disloyalty. I want your resignation and I want it now."
Later, an aide said, Bush said Tenet's firing was "God's will."
In fact, Bush and his A.G., John Ashcroft, invoke the almighty so frequently to justify their actions that they're becoming known as "the Blues Brothers" because "they're on a mission from God," according to Thompson's account.
Read it all here. We post, you decide.