Conspiracy Theory

In an opinion piece for the Mercury News, Daniel Sneider asks why the White House is focusing so much attention on Bob Woodward’s latest book, Plan of Attack. The revelations in the book (see Slate’s condensed read for a few) aren’t flattering. Sneider offers this theory:

What the White House likes — and why Bush in fact collaborated with Woodward — is that the book portrays Bush as the man in charge, as a resolute and decisive leader. It continues the portrait Woodward drew in a previous tome, “Bush at War,” about the response to Sept. 11. In this election year, Woodward’s book, despite some damaging revelations, is almost a campaign biography.

I fear he may have a point. While Bush’s approval ratings are slipping, recent allegations don’t seem to have the effect on his numbers that one mighte expect.


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