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Changing of the guard? Could Bush administration look different next year?

Time magazine says there's a possibility there could be a shake-up in the cards:
You have to wonder sometimes why Presidents even run for re-election, given how things usually turn out. Second terms have a way of veering into wild and menacing terrain, spiked with indictments and scandals and betrayal and grief. Some friends become less friendly because they know you are on your way to retirement while they are on their way to the next campaign. Your team gets tired, the ideas stale, and the fumes of power more toxic. It was through those badlands that President George W. Bush trudged last week, and for once he was walking alone. "The problem is that the President doesn't want to make changes," says a White House adviser who is not looking for a West Wing job, "but he's lost some of his confidence in the three people he listens to the most." Those three are his Vice President, Dick Cheney, whose top aide, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, has been charged with brazenly obstructing the investigation into who leaked the name of CIA officer Valerie Plame; Bush senior adviser Karl Rove, who while not indicted has still emerged as a player in the scandal; and chief of staff Andrew Card, who gets some of the blame for bungling the response to Hurricane Katrina and even more for the botched Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers. … What no one can know but everyone can spin is whether this week marked a point of no return or a turning point. Top advisers have all but written off the rest of the year as a loss. The aim is to relaunch Bush's presidency in January with a new agenda rolled out in his State of the Union address, now that Social Security reform lies crumpled in a ditch. But to do that, he would need to adapt the style and system that served him well for four years but has now demonstrably failed; add new blood to a team that functions as a palace guard but not as an early-warning system or idea factory; and summon the charisma from his days as a candidate to reconnect with Americans in what has become his last campaign. > Read full article
If the president wants to salvage the remainder of his presidency — and his legacy — and try to bring a fresh new vision for our country, the following key people need to go:
  • Vice President Dick Cheney
  • Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove
  • Chief of Staff Andrew Card
  • Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
  • Secretary of Treasury John Snow
  • White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan
  • UN Ambassador John Bolton
And he needs to re-read his original campaign speeches and promises. Perhaps if he actually tried to live up to those, he might turn out to be a respectable president: "uniter, not a divider"... "compassionate conservative" … "a higher standard" … etc., etc.

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