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"Mayberry Machiavelli" Bush Silences DiIulio

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posted on Dec, 11 2002 @ 09:41 AM
I'm surprised nobody hopped on this one.

About two weeks ago, Esquire featured an interview with DiIulio, Bush's former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He said that the White House had no organization; that Bush basically ran around like a loose cannon, leaving everyone to try and put together policy in the wake of his decisions and pronouncements.)

He called the White House a bunch of "Mayberry Machiavellis" (to the non-US folks, this refers to the old "Andy Griffith" comedy television show about a Southern sheriff and his bungling sidekick (Andy Griffith and Don Knotts), set in the fictional town of Mayberry) and blamed a lot of policy failure on the fact that Bush acted first and thought later.

So the article gets published.

DiIulio gets a phone call. From Shrub.

SUDDENLY, DiIulio (ready to stand by all he said) does a complete about-face, apologizes for everything, yadda-yadda.

This article on Rense (yeah, I know. It's Rense. But the reporting's accurate... I followed the news stories) gives a good summary and a nice timeline:

(and it's not because I admire the writer's characterization of the White House staff as an "intellectual vacuum")

Bush don't like criticism of his loose-cannon policy. He calls folks up and leans on them.

(sigh) He's done more to erode our freedoms than any president since Tricky Dick.

posted on Dec, 11 2002 @ 10:48 AM
( I just get a bit fancy in my heading titles!)

....believe me, nothing will get by me regarding the Usurper; I'd feel derelict in my duty to the next generation if I didn't.

posted on Dec, 11 2002 @ 11:19 AM
Sorry I missed your original post (my bad!) Did you see the next day's followup??


THE EVIDENCE MOUNTS: Easily the most overlooked part of the whole DiIulio-Esquire episode is that, in an apparent nod to Lanny Davis--that is, in an attempt to voluntarily preempt a potentially scandalous revelation before it came out in a way he couldn't control--DiIulio actually published an op-ed making many of the same points he makes in the Esquire piece in last Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer.
Our guess is that DiIulio was hoping his op-ed would create a minor stir, one which would quickly subside but which would make the Esquire article seem like old news by the time it came out. The only problem was that DiIulio either didn't realize that Esquire had already sent drafts of the article to the major news outlets (which promptly posted articles about it on their websites Sunday evening), or, more likely, that he thought of this tactic far too late--which is to say, after he realized Esquire had already distributed copies of the article to the major news outlets, leaving him no time to create his preemptive stir. (The other problem is that DiIulio published his op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, but maybe that was the only paper that would take it after everyone already had a copy of the Esquire article.)

More important, though, the existence of the DiIulio op-ed--which few other media outlets have even mentioned--strengthens the case for believing that something really, really unexpected happened to DiIulio between Sunday night, when the news accounts of the Esquire article began trickling out, and Monday afternoon, when DiIulio officially repented. (As we suggested yesterday, we think that really unexpected thing might have been a phone call from Karl Rove.) After all, if DiIulio had planned on taking back his comments all along, why would he have bothered to write an op-ed affirming them just before the news of the article broke?

And that's a good point. Someone applied enough pressure to get him to retract his remarks.

posted on Dec, 11 2002 @ 11:23 AM
Machevelli + Fascist Strong Arm techniques against dissent = The Administration of our 43rd President.

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