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Monday, August 15, 2005

Is the Crawford Ranch a Funny Farm?

After Bush's inexplicable behaviour in the debates last fall, in which he snapped at Kerry and responded to statements that hadn't been made while-- literally-- foaming at the mouth, there was considerable speculation that he was on some heavy psychiatric medicine. Bush also has a long history of mystifying arrogance in spite of his many business and political failures. Untreated alcoholic, quick to anger, and a vengeful sadist (anyone remember him chuckling over state executions in Texas?). Especially if you disagree with his take on reality. Well, this just in:

Buy beleaguered, overworked White House aides enough drinks and they tell a sordid tale of an administration under siege, beset by bitter staff infighting and led by a man whose mood swings suggest paranoia bordering on schizophrenia.

They describe a President whose public persona masks an angry, obscenity-spouting man who berates staff, unleashes tirades against those who disagree with him and ends meetings in the Oval Office with “get out of here!”

In fact, George W. Bush’s mood swings have become so drastic that White House emails often contain “weather reports” to warn of the President’s demeanor. “Calm seas” means Bush is calm while “tornado alert” is a warning that he is pissed at the world.

Decreasing job approval ratings and increased criticism within his own party drives the President’s paranoia even higher. Bush, in a meeting with senior advisors, called Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist a “god-damned traitor” for opposing him on stem-cell research.

“There’s real concern in the West Wing that the President is losing it,” a high-level aide told me recently.

A year ago, this web site discovered the White House physician prescribed anti-depressants for Bush. The news came after revelations that the President’s wide mood swings led some administration staffers to doubt his sanity.

The disturbing thing is that I'm not the least bit surprised by this report. And that scares me.