Fineman: “Remember the picture of the president in the classroom, being told of the attack by chief of staff Andy Card? The American people thought they were seeing a man suddenly thrust into a grave challenge no one could have anticipated. That won him enormous sympathy and patience from the voters. But what if he was literally on vacation – at the ranch in Crawford – when he should have been making sure that someone was ringing alarm bells throughout the bureaucracy?”
That kind of perception would of course destroy the Bush campaign. But what if during that time he was in fact distracted by another issue. And what if that issue was the first thing that came to his mind that morning in the classroom. And the first thing that came to his mind this morning and every other day in between. Hint: It’s the story he thought was “accomplished” the night he played flightsuit dress-up.