Having recently published a lickspittle book about the suberfantabulous job being done by George W. Bush, Fred Barnes may feel that he has no choice but to double down on his bet. In this morning's Wall Street Journal, he finds a way to fluff the President while acknowledging that things aren't going so well at the White House.
Barnes suggests that Bush begin a "third term," a "rejuvenation of his presidency by shocking the media and political community with a sweeping overhaul of his administration."
In this do-over fantasy, Condi Rice replaces Cheney as VP, Cheney replaces Rummy at the Pentagon, and Rove becomes head of the RNC.
Apparently Bush's only flaw is "his admirable but unrealistic sense of loyalty." Rearranging the deck chairs will solve the captain's problems.
Nothing terribly new about the idea of an extreme administration makeover, and nothing terribly compelling about a plan to reshuffle the same old names, but it is interesting to see this coded distress signal on the conservative media's flagship editorial page, written by one of Bush's most ardent cheerleaders.