Friday, November 11

What happens to rats in sinking ships

KRT Wire | 11/08/2005 | Sources: With policies under fire, Bush-Cheney relationship cools: "The CIA leak scandal has peeled back the veil on the most closely held White House secret of all: the subtle but unmistakable erosion in the bond between President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Multiple sources close to Bush told the New York Daily News that while the vice president remains his boss's valued political partner and counselor, his clout has lessened - primarily as a result of issues arising from the Iraq war.

'The relationship is not what it was,' a presidential counselor said. 'There has been some distance for some time.'

A senior administration official termed any such suggestion 'categorically false.'

Several sources said the distance is certain to accelerate with the Oct. 28 indictment of Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff.

'Cheney is wounded by this,' a longtime Bush associate said.

Outwardly, there is little to suggest anything is amiss. Cheney, wife Lynne and their two daughters were guests, for example, at last week's Bush dinner for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

Earlier this year, Bush praised Cheney at a Republican campaign dinner as a 'steady adviser, the solid rock - and what a decent man he is. I'm proud to be serving with him for four more years.'"

Okay, so now begins the finger pointing... really folks.. how do we justify allowing these two to power binge this long? It is after all "We the People" not "They the responcible".


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