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  •  imagine having this job: (14+ / 0-)

    Andrew H. Card Jr. wakes at 4:20 in the morning, shows up at the White House an hour or so later, convenes his senior staff at 7:30 and then proceeds to a blur of other meetings that do not let up until long after the sun sets. He gets home at 9 or 10 at night and sometimes fields phone calls until 11 p.m. Then he gets up and does it all over again.

    ...for five years.


    The succession of crisis after crisis has taken its toll. Some in the White House sound frazzled. While there are few stories of aides nodding off in meetings, some duck outside during the day so the fresh air will wake them up. "We're all burned out," said one White House official who did not want to be named for fear of angering superiors. "People are just tired."


    tracking the domestic spying scandal here.

    by Georgia Logothetis on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 05:28:51 AM PST

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    •  Geez (12+ / 0-)

      and he sucks at it too.

      Yeah, I don't think changing out the actors will impove the neocon script. The script bites, there's only so much an actors can do with a dud.

      Read UTI, your free thought forum

      by DarkSyde on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 05:31:14 AM PST

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    •  I agree he is just pooped (0+ / 0-)

      and wouldn't anyone be if they had get up at 4:30 AM every day to shovel out the Augean stables.  Card is the ultimate apparatchik. No doubt he was aware of much of what was going on -- an expediter of policy others set. But I don't think he has an evil soul even though the stench has rubbed off on him, much like Scotty McC.

      •  Andy Card (0+ / 0-)

        Andy Card is probably the best White House Chief of Staff a Democrat can hope for.  Didn't Card, after all, support, of all things, the Clinton health care reform plan?

        That said, I think Pres. Bush could do better than having Josh Bolten as WH Chief of Staff.  I think having someone like fmr. Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker (although he's probably a bit too old, and doesn't want the job), fmr. Senate Majority Whip Alan Simpson (same problem as Baker), etc. would be a much better pick than Bolten.

        Today, the Court purports to be the dispassionate oracle of the law. - Justice Blackmun

        by jim bow on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 08:03:42 AM PST

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        •  What's wrong with Bolten? (0+ / 0-)

          And hiring retired Senate leaders for Chief of Staff?  Never heard of a move like that.

          Bush would never hire someone competent over someone he knows is a loyalist anyway.

          "I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." -- Adlai Stevenson

          by Scientician on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 08:28:12 AM PST

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    •  hey (1+ / 0-)
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      if you can't work as hard as your boss, you don't deserve the job.  We all know George says what "hard work" it is being president.   He only expects as much out of his people as he gives to his country.  It ain't easy clearing brush.  

    •  All That And Be Responsible For a Moron (3+ / 0-)
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      morinao, tinheart, Pam from Calif

      I can see a Chief Of Staff doing that for five years if he was working in a healthy environment, but to have to do that when working for a moron is cruel and unusual punishment.  

      I've read that Card has a memory and a mind like a steal trap --  probably one of the genuinely smartest people in the bunch.  He has to have a belly full of it.

      •  Precisely (2+ / 0-)
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        averybird, Pam from Calif

        Taking care of childish, spoiled brat Moron day after day after horrible day...would drive me bat shit crazy.

        If Card shouts out, " To the bat Cave" when he leaves office, well it would not surprise me.

        Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything. - Harry S. Truman

        by wishingwell on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 07:45:42 AM PST

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      •  patriotism (1+ / 0-)
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        Could be he felt that there had to be one grownup in the office, even if no one listened to him. That he's leaving now could mean he's finally managed to persuade Junior to bring in more. Check out this quote:

        Asked during a press conference [last week] if he planned to bring to the White House an experienced Washington insider who could quell concerns among Republicans in Congress, Mr. Bush replied, "Well, I'm not going to announce it right now."

        Does that mean Bolten or somebody new?

    •  Yeah but you do this for a couple of years, (1+ / 0-)
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      who threw da cat

      write a kiss and tell book about your years at the White House, do the talk show circuit and then maybe get a position(not a job) with some right wing "think tank". Doctors doing an internship work harder. Plenty of blue collar Americans work just as hard for a good deal less money and no future prospects.

      "I am the pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity." G W Bush

      by irate on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 07:24:40 AM PST

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    •  I'm sure he'll get a lot of sympathy (3+ / 0-)
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      hoplite9, liberal atheist, greenearth

      from the father of a family of 4 who has been laid off at 55 because his job - the only thing he knows - has just been shipped overseas. He has no health insurance and a kid who needs medicine every day. I hope Andy Card lands on his feet. Maybe he'll spend his time now  working for a non-profit trying to figure out how American jobs can be salvaged - or maybe he'll go work for a lobby firm for big corpo sitting in meetings from dusk to dawn yet getting paid 100 times his current salary. Funny how a little more money tends to rejuvenate these fuckers more than the little bit of fresh air left in this world.

      "Unless we each conform, unless we obey orders, unless we follow our leaders blindly there is no possible way we can remain free" - Frank Burns

      by Central Scrutinizer on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 08:42:21 AM PST

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