DECONSTRUCTING THE WHITE HOUSE….George Bush is a deep, deep mystery to me. There are lots of theories about why he does what he does, but none of them seem quite right to me. Or, maybe, all of them seem right. I don’t know. It’s baffling.

And what about his top advisors? They aren’t idiots. In fact, some of them have very good reputations. Had good reputations, anyway. So why have they seemingly gone insane ever since January 20, 2001?

Truly, I don’t know. But while I’m trying to figure it out, Noam Scheiber takes a shot at explaining Bush and Brad DeLong takes a crack at figuring out his staff. Neither one completely succeeds, of course, because the raw data to do so just isn’t available yet. But they both make a bit of progress.