Excellent stuff from Newsday's Marie Cocco via the Left Coaster:
So here is the best way to try to understand this president. It's all too simple to say what you see is what you get. It is more accurate to say that what everyone else sees, Bush does not get.
No wonder he does not believe there's the slightest possibility Americans will vote him out of office. Bush cannot imagine a set of facts, a change of circumstance, a shift of mood that might overtake the electorate and influence its choice. This is because he is not influenced by facts, or changing circumstance or shifts of mood.
"See, I know exactly where I want to lead," the president said. He believes he's shown a capacity to "be steady and make good decisions."
But there is a distinction to be made between presidential steadiness under pressure and petulant self-certainty. It is not apparent that Bush sees it. There is a danger that resolve in a leader can decompose into rigidity. This does not trouble the president's spirit.
Bush is convinced that others are as convinced about his leadership as he, himself, seems to be. The nervousness he does not see stems from his own determination to leave the presidential blinders firmly in place.
Clueless. Delusional. Yep.