Bush has been more willing to part ways with those he has viewed as less than fully devoted to him and his agenda, most prominently then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. Critics believe this fixation on loyalty has left the president isolated from dissent and surrounded by ideological yes men, but it has also given him a team that has remained unusually cohesive through adversity, at least until recently, as more former insiders have spoken out critically.
“In his mind, loyalty works both ways. It’s a two-way street,” said Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary who followed Bush from Texas. “Particularly those who have been with him a long time, the Texans, he’s developed more than a professional relationship; it’s a friendship.”
That seems especially true with Gonzales, a Bush confidant for a dozen years. Bush calls him “Fredo” and has given him five jobs over the years. The two have spent weekends together with their wives at Camp David. “It makes it tough for the president — and less likely that the president’s going to want to do anything to push him out,” said Charles Black, a GOP lobbyist close to the White House.
If I was Gonzalez, I’d be more than a little concerned.
H/T: Extreme Mortman