People Seeing Bush Differently
Richard Clarke's bombshell along with the revelations from O'Neill and Kay are starting to damage Bush where the re-elect campaign thought they were strongest. Even Republican campaign watchers are saying that Bush's credibility is dropping.
Criticism of President Bush's motives and decision-making in attacking Iraq last year may be acquiring critical mass with voters following criticism by former top counterterrorism official Richard Clarke.
Political consultants and analysts said Clarke's allegation that Bush ignored the al Qaeda threat before the Sept. 11 attacks and was obsessed by a desire to invade Iraq were especially damaging because they confirmed other previous revelations from policy insiders.
"Each of these revelations adds to the others so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and the message gets reinforced with voters," said Richard Rosecrance, a political scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The problem for the Bush administration is that people have a hard time believing that all these people can be liars and out to get Bush. Somewhere the problem starts to stick to him. Hallelujah!