Over at the Oregon Catalyst blog, conservative radio host and former State Rep. Jeff Kropf diagnoses what's wrong with the Bush Administration. And it ain't the substance.
All of this because a President cannot communicate.
I suspect that behind these leadership failings are Karl Rove and his merry band of pollsters who are constantly advising the President in one public relations disaster after another. Bush’s inability to articulate almost anything with any real charisma or passion is also at fault for the loss of support for this action and if not corrected soon, will do lasting damage to our nation’s ability to fight any war in the future.
These failings can be rectified if Bush does a few things immediately.
He must first fire Karl Rove and go with his gut instincts and defend himself once a week in a press conference. You must remember that Bush is a fighter pilot and I can tell you from personal experience that they are all very cocky and aggressive. I saw that quality in him when I had a short encounter with him after 9/11 and I believe that advisors like Rove have kept that passion and aggressiveness suppressed. ...
Secondly, he must unleash Tony Snow who knows the game of public perception better than anyone else around the President. There is no doubt that Tony is being muzzled... Tony is more than capable of creating sound bites for the evening news that will be controversial, yet persuasive in the court of public opinion.
Thirdly, the President must tell us over and over again what is his definition of winning and how he is going to get that done. He must constantly remind the American people that winning the war on terror is our only option...
Read the rest of Kropf's spin about spin. And then... Discuss.