BUSH’S BRAIN….Tom DeFrank is back with another peek inside the White House. Long story short, he says Bush has turned into Richard Nixon:

Bush usually reserves his celebrated temper for senior aides because he knows they can take it. Lately, however, some junior staffers have also faced the boss’ wrath.

….Presidential advisers and friends say Bush is a mass of contradictions: cheerful and serene, peevish and melancholy, occasionally lapsing into what he once derided as the “blame game.” They describe him as beset but unbowed, convinced that history will vindicate the major decisions of his presidency even if they damage him and his party in the 2006 and 2008 elections.

Who the hell are DeFrank’s sources for this stuff? And why are they leaking it?

In any case, it’s worth noting that although Bush may be peevish and melancholy, his legendary poor judgment is still intact. According to DeFrank, “The vice president remains Bush’s most trusted political confidant.”