Members of Bush’s re-election team have urged the president to exercise caution with his blog, perhaps because of posts like the one dated July 8, 2004: “Another long day of speeches and fundraisers. Met with all these phony media company execs. Had to promise them some bill next term and shake a lot of stupid hands, but they did bring in two or three million or so. Whatever. Karl keeps a list. I got big laughs during my speech, so I’m happy.”
Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie said he spoke to Bush about the blog last month.
“After he mentioned our Monday message-of-the-day in a Saturday post, we’ve really been pushing him to not talk about campaign strategy,” Gillespie said. “He’s not that involved in the planning anyway, so it shouldn’t be too much to ask.”
“We’re not trying to stifle the president’s creativity,” Gillespie added. “We think it’s great he’s taking an interest in writing.”
Bush maintained that he’s doing nothing wrong.
“I know so many people, but I’m way too busy to keep in touch with all of them,” Bush said. “Whether I’m talking about our strategies in Gitmo or my dogs down in Crawford, the blog is an easy way to let everyone know what’s been up with me. If I’ve just had a really good lunch at a new restaurant, or something funny happens in a briefing from the NSA, I want to let my friends and family know about it.”
McLaughlin said it’s likely that Bush will eventually agree to submit his blog for review by the Secret Service.
“Right now, the president insists it’s his right to have it, as long as he doesn’t work on it during White House work hours,” McLaughlin said. “But I believe we’ll be able to convince him, if we let him calm down. And even if we don’t, frankly, I can’t see the blog holding his interest for too long.”
(Of course it’s The Onion. Or Capitol Hill Blue. Hard to tell 'em apart.)