Completely and Utterly Damaging
And depressing, too (but unlikely to be devastating.) That’s my take after watching Leslie Stahl interview former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill and author Ron Suskind. It looks like O’Neill gave Suskind every document he had, including transcripts of cabinet and NSC meetings. Other anonymous top officials apparently followed suit. The forthcoming book (available Tuesday), The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill, should be a must-read. Now the question is what the political fallout, if any, will be from this.
Another interesting question: who are White House sources other than O’Neill? Christie Whitman comes to mind, but who else?
It’s not there yet, but I expect Josh Marshall to have the most reliable predictions, assuming he makes any. Stay tuned.