In a radio interview with Diane Rehm this morning, right-wing columnist Robert Novak tried to assert his conservative credentials by distancing himself from the Bush White House. “I don’t support this administration,” he said.
“The president’s cut me off the list of conservative columnists that are invited there.” He added, “They consider me a lot of trouble.”
It would be unsurprising if the White House considered Novak “trouble,” given his unscrupulous journalistic ethics. But nothing in Novak’s previous comments has suggested anything but a close relationship with the White House. Just recently, he said he “never enjoyed such a good source inside the White House” as Karl Rove.
It appears Novak is simply sour over the fact he wasn’t given a 110-minute sit-down interview with President Bush like his counterpart at the New York Times, David Brooks.
Novak explained that his relationships with White Houses are like bad marriages. “It starts nice after the honeymoon and it just gets worse.”
CALLER: I take it from his previous comments that he would consider himself a conservative and fall on the side of government is more of the problem. And I guess it’s hard to reconcile that with support of a conservative administration that has expanded governmental powers in probably the three most important areas — the defense of the country, waging war, and administering justice — it seems to be remarkably incompetent.
NOVAK: Well, you know, I hear these things and I’m just amazed. Because I don’t support this administration. The president’s cut me off the list of conservative columnists that are invited there. They consider me a lot of trouble. Every administration has considered me a lot of trouble. We start good — and particularly with Republican administrations. But it’s like a bad marriage — It starts nice after the honeymoon and it just gets worse.