What do you want to bet that Ms. Bumiller uses tomorrow's White House Letter to help humiliate internet writers who reported (I say correctly) that BushCo showed reporters "the finger of hostility" the same way she helped out when "[i]nternet conspiracy theorists and some Democrats " found evidence that BushCo was wired during the first debate.
I can't see how she passes this story up since it not only invokes BushCo's beloved plain-speakin', takes-no-guff-from-the-media-elite, cowboy image but also can be spun as a dramatic eleventh hour victory for Dear Leader, further testament to his iron will. That's a White House Letter jackpot. Of course CAFTA passing the House was more like a fourteenth hour cheat that cost BushCo the famr, but we're talking myth making here. Reality doesn't need to enter into it.
The other story in contention is Frist's support of stem cell research. C'mon, hostile finger!
UPDATE: I was wrong. Out of nowhere we get a tour of the White House's collection of presidential portraits. What did we learn? BushCo, who hates spending time in museums, recently spent nearly an entire hour looking at the portraits of Gilbert Stuart, "prompting speculation" (in at least Ms. Bumiller's mind) that he's thinking about the ol' legacy. (Note to BushCo: spend less time looking at pictures and more time at the Vietnam Memorial if you're going down the legacy road.) Teddy Roosevelt was tormented by John Singer Sargent and didn't like to pose for his portrait, which is has come to be considered the best in the collection. The worst portrait, relegated to storage, is of James Buchanan, who lobbied for the Dred Scott decision. Those anti-choicers to whom BushCo speaks in code will be glad to hear that. Artist Gilbert Stuart was frequently broke and possibly indulged in fraud. Clinton bumped Reagan's portrait for JFK's and BushCo (it seems) has moved FDR to somewhere "not easily seen from the public floor." And Barbara Bush, who was portrayed in the corporate media as the last woman to ever be accused of vanity of any sort, has had her official portrait replaced with one that makes her appear more "peppy" and reincarnates her canine co-author, Millie.
This is a good time to remind you of Elisabeth Bumiller's own perspective on the WH Letter:
It's in the back of the A section but it's still the New York Times and so I feel like I've been given this space. It's there no matter what, I mean, that's a great honor in a way in this business and so it better be good. So I better impart information. It better be stuff that is interesting that I work to get and not just me sort of yammering on about something.
Next week: Barry Larkin, official White House Tee Ball Commissioner for 2005. That's more of a suggestion than a predicition since I am obviously no Kreskin.