Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Is Bush Advising Hillary Clinton?

A new book by former White House Chief of Staff, Josh Bolten claims so:

"Bolten said Bush wants enough continuity in his Iraq policy that “even a
Democratic president would be in a position to sustain a legitimate presence

“Especially if it’s a Democrat,” the chief of staff told The Examiner in
his West Wing office. “He wants to create the conditions where a Democrat not
only will have the leeway, but the obligation to see it out.”

So far in reading over the article I don't see that Bolten says that Bush and Hil actually talk directly, but communicate more through the Washington grapevine, and surrogates. Still, this is pretty big, especially since Clinton's view leans more towards hawkishness (and thus Bush's agenda) than Obama, and Bolten has his own problems with the Democratic House, meaning that he's got a reason to spill the beans. I'm grading papers right now, but when I have some more time I'll give this a closer look.

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