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Are there any "Lightning Rods" of the Bush Administration?

Asked by TylerM (276 points ) January 24th, 2009

By lightning rods I mean are there any cabinet members that took the blame for any particular executive decision in order to better the image of George Bush? I can’t think of any cabinet members that had done this during his administration.

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Bluefreedom's avatar

I think George Bush had several cabinet members that were equally complicit in many of the colossal foul-ups that occurred on his eight year watch.

lefteh's avatar

Yes.

Ashcroft, Gonzales, and Mukasey. That’s why the first two ended up back home and the last one ended up in the ER.

TylerM's avatar

Can you think of any specific instances in other presidential administrations in which someone took the blame so that the president could get off easy?

Bluefreedom's avatar

Didn’t Richard Nixon have people trying to cover for him after the Watergate scandal erupted?

lefteh's avatar

Another example that just popped to mind is Stephen Hadley taking the hits for the Plame scandal, and also for the “16 words” controversy in Bush’s 2003 SOTU.
If I remember correctly, the sixteen words were: The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.

Anyway, as far as another administration, Bob McNamara certainly took a lot of hits for both JFK and LBJ regarding the Vietnam War.

TylerM's avatar

Thank you, I needed to find a real life example pertaining to the article “Presidential Lightning Rods” by Richard Ellis and I think you’ve done that for me! Thanks!

Dr_Dredd's avatar

I think Donald Rumsfeld was definitely a lightning rod.

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