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Bumiller today:

Both White House and Bush campaign officials said there were no plans or debate about changing the president's re-election strategy, which is to run on national security. Mr. Rove and Mr. Bush were also described as adamant that the president not admit publicly to any mistakes in war planning and the American-led occupation of the country, as Paul D. Wolfowitz, the deputy defense secretary and intellectual godfather of the Iraq war, did in a hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
"There is a theory in the White House that they don't want to appear like Jimmy Carter," said one Republican adviser. "They think that's weak."

Quoting Dan Kennedy now:

So how many Americans and Iraqis must die so that no one will confuse George W. Bush with Jimmy Carter?

Don't worry, Mr. President. No one is going to confuse you with a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, that's for sure.

It's a surprisingly tough article with frank discussion of the trouble for Bush. I found the Trent Lott dissing of Karl Rove especially interesting.

Wow - a peak behind the curtain. Okrent is planning to do a column about the difference in the coverage of Kerry and BushCo - maybe Ms. Bumiller wants to shore up her defense ;)

I haven't read the story you mention yet - just got back from a field trip. Gonna do it now.

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