Imagine for a second that you had a friend who secretly recorded your conversations and then made those tapes public when you rose to the highest eschelon of public power. Could you come out of that experience any better than George W Bush did?
The most damning analysis so far describes W as arrogant and a win at all costs kind of guy. If anything, the perception of Bush as the crafty mind behind diabolically competitive strategies only strengthens his image (especially among those who are sure that he’s a bit lean on brainpower).
If someone just recorded the grumblings I emit during the average half hour in front of the television with a bowl of pasta on my lap I would be friendless, abandoned by colleagues and family, and very likely tossed in the can for a minimum 18-24 months.
W pretty much sounded like W always sounds.
On a related note, imagine that a friend of yours had secretly recorded your conversations and then made those tapes public at a time when you controlled the world’s most powerful military and could order covert and lethal action at the drop of a dime.