By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
I couldn't believe it. "Shallow Throat" actually was smiling when we met on the hiking trail along the old C&0 Canal near Bethesda.
The high-ranking GOP mole in the Bush Administration had spent so many of our previous meetings ( www.crisispapers.org/weinerpubs.htm#shallow ) glum and paranoid, so I didn't know what to expect this time, even with the lighthearted demeanor.
"You wouldn't believe the mood in the White House and in many of the other departments," said Shallow Throat, giggling. "It's doom and gloom. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of crooks and liars. I walk around the corridors of power wearing a large grin inside.
"Their days are numbered. And they know it, too. They've read the election returns from November and see the handwriting on the wall. Rumsfeld is gone (perhaps to face civil lawsuits), and Bush and Cheney and Rove and Rice and Hadley and Gonzales and the rest of the bunker crew are going down and the only question is when.
"The citizens in November delivered their No Confidence verdict on this crew of incompetent, corrupt, arrogant powermongers. Not surprisingly, the Democrats, so locked into their timid victim mode, seem unsure what to do with their victory."
"What are you talking about?" I asked. "Reid and Pelosi are standing up tall these days, along with most of the incoming chairmen of the importantcommittees -- Conyers, Waxman, Leahy, et al. They're not going to roll over anymore."
Bernard Weiner, Ph.D. in government & international relations, has taught at universities in California and Washington, worked for two decades as a writer-editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, and currently serves as co-editor of The Crisis Papers (more...
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