After reading this NYT article about Douglas Wead’s secret tapes of Bush in 1998, i’m siding with the commentors on Daily Kos who feel that these tapes can only help Bush. It makes him sound human, even likable to those who don’t recognize him for being the worst president in modern American history. It’s a fence building move with moderates, trying to distance Bush from the most extreme right-wing evangelicals, probably a controlled, sanctioned action.
I’m somewhat skeptical of this being an attempt to bury the Gannon story, but nothing can be put past these people. More likely it’s just damage control, resculpting Bush’s public image as more socially tolerant than his recent domestic policy decisions have been. I don’t care what Bush thinks privately in this case, as he cynically exploited the bigotry of others for years.