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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:00 PM
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The DiIulio Letter-"Tempting Faith" author's former boss on W
I just wanted to post this again since Kuo's book is set for release on Monday. It looks to be very damning but I am sure it will be complete ignored by the MSM (Kuo is on 60 Minutes on Sunday)

John Dilulio is very easy on Bush here even praising him for his stem cell decision in 2001.

On October 24, John DiIulio, a former high-level official in the Bush administration, sent the letter below to Esquire Washington correspondent Ron Suskind. The letter was a key source of Suskind's story about Karl Rove, politics and policymaking in the Bush administration, "Why Are These Men Laughing," which appears in the January 2003 issue of Esquire. On Monday, December 3, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said that the charges contained in the story were "groundless and baseless." After initially standing by his assertions, DiIulio himself later issued an "apology." Esquire stands strongly behind Suskind and his important story.

But the contrast with Clinton is two-sided. As Joe Klein has so strongly captured him, Clinton was "the natural," a leader with a genuine interest in the policy process who encouraged information-rich decision-making. Clinton was the policy-wonk-in-chief. The Clinton administration drowned in policy intellectuals and teemed with knowledgeable people interested in making government work. Every domestic issue drew multiple policy analyses that certainly weighted politics, media messages, legislative strategy, et cetera, but also strongly weighted policy-relevant information, stimulated substantive policy debate, and put a premium on policy knowledge. That is simply not Bush's style. It fits not at all with his personal cum presidential character. The Bush West Wing is very nearly at the other end of this Clinton policy-making continuum.

Besides the tax cut, which was cut-and-dried during the campaign, and the education bill, which was really a Ted Kennedy bill, the administration has not done much, either in absolute terms or in comparison to previous administrations at this stage, on domestic policy. There is a virtual absence as yet of any policy accomplishments that might, to a fair-minded non-partisan, count as the flesh on the bones of so-called compassionate conservatism. There is still two years, maybe six, for them to do more and better on domestic policy, and, specifically, on the compassion agenda. And, needless to say, 9/11, and now the global war on terror and the new homeland and national security plans, must be weighed in the balance.

But, as I think Andy Card himself told you in so many words, even allowing for those huge contextual realities, they could stand to find ways of inserting more serious policy fiber into the West Wing diet, and engage much less in on-the-fly policy-making by speech-making. They are almost to an individual nice people, and there are among them several extremely gifted persons who do indeed knowand carea great deal about actual policy-making, administrative reform, and so forth. But they have been, for whatever reasons, organized in ways that make it hard for policy-minded staff, including colleagues (even secretaries) of cabinet agencies, to get much West Wing traction, or even get a non-trivial hearing.
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freedomchips Donating Member (35 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:12 PM
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1. it's so sad that Clinton has to get compared to Bush
or any other potential candidate for that matter. I mean, "obviously" ANYBODY with half a brain and a conscience would be a better president than Bush. God it's frightening to keep seeing just how crazy and/or stupid the American public can be....let alone the government.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:23 PM
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2. Welcome to DU, freedomchips!
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:24 PM
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3. If 60 Minutes is doing a segment, I don't think you can say
the MSM is ignoring it, not to mention KO last night.
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