The irony is that one of my biggest criticisms of President Bush is that he surrounded himself with people like ... Matthew Dowd (which, I guess, means I have lost faith in Bush, too).
If you think of it, Dowd was a Democrat until 1999. He embraced Bush's "compassionate conservatism," but I doubt he ever read Barry Goldwater's Conscience of a Conservative (if you know what I mean). The bottom line is that Bush's inner circle included a lot of people who had never seen the inside of the Heritage Foundation before.
For the record, I agree with many of the things Dowd is saying, including the fact that after 9-11, Bush, "missed a real opportunity to call the country to a shared sense of sacrifice.” That's not the point.
Bush's insistence on surrounding himself with cronies -- many of whom are from Texas (think Harriet Miers and Gonzo) -- is one of the more troubling aspects of his tenure. He should not be surprised when these folks turn on him.
Now, the chickens have come home to roost.