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April 02, 2004

Vanity publishing

I cannot stay silent any longer. The whole thing stinks with a former White House insider flogging a book full of gossipy bits about the inner workings of the Bush administration.

I refuse to believe any of it. Certainly the timing is suspect. Splashy TV appearances as the congressional 9/11 hearings are winding down, and the presidential election is heating up. Talk about rank commercial opportunism.

As the author exploits this cheap notoriety, I hope someone has the guts to ask about the abrupt departure from the White House. Was there a demotion involved or a bitter defeat in a power struggle among those closest to the president?

Karen Hughes has a lot of explaining to do.

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Posted by Lance Dickie at April 2, 2004 11:51 AM



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