The confluence of crises, all running through Mr. Card's suite just steps from the Oval Office, has some critics asking whether he needs to clean house or assert himself more forcefully - or at least consider a course correction before Mr. Bush is downgraded permanently to lame duck status.
"The lesson of both Katrina and Miers is that the system of decision making in the White House no longer meets the needs of the president," said David Frum, a former speechwriter for Mr. Bush who has been critical of the Miers choice.
I realize the Chief of Staff has a big responsibility, and Card certainly is not my favorite person, but shouldn't the President have judgement enough to know when his Chief of Staff is not advising him correctly? It's not as if the Chief of Staff controls the President: the President is the CoS's boss. It's strange how George W. Bush elicits from conservatives a defensive mode that prevents them from assigning him any personal responsibility for his failures. Card, however, is free to go, or maybe will be forced to go.