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"Stay the course" means refusal to acknowledge mistakes

A story in today's New York Daily News offers some insight into the inner thinkings of the West Wing.
Even as his poll numbers tank, however, Bush is described by aides as still determined to stay the course. He resists advice from Republicans who fear disaster in next year's congressional elections, and rejects criticism from a media establishment he disdains. "The President has always been willing to make changes," the senior aide said, "but not because someone in this town tells him to - NEVER!" For the moment, Bush has dismissed discreetly offered advice from friends and loyalists to fire Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and bring back longtime confidant Karen Hughes from the State Department to shore up his personal White House staff. "He thinks that would be an admission he's screwed up, and he can't bring himself to do that," a former senior staffer lamented.
And that's the fundamental problem with this president. Pride keeps him from doing the right thing and our country is suffering for it. And now for a glimpse at his Nixonian paranoia:
Two sources said Bush has not only lost some confidence in his top aides, as the Daily News has previously reported, but is furious with a stream of leaks about the mood within the West Wing. "He's asking [friends] for opinions on who he can trust and who he can't," one knowledgeable source said.
Read the entire article.

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