Bartlett: WH reporters are too tough on Bush.

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In an interview with the Texas Monthly, former Bush counselor Dan Bartlett said the White House press corps is too “critical” of Bush:

I think White House correspondents have been tagged, unfairly, with not being tough enough on the administration and President Bush in the run-up to the war. If you go back and look, they asked all the right questions. The problem is, they’re acting now like they have to be five times more critical, and I think they’ve gone overboard.

Like Karl Rove, Bartlett also claimed that “Iraq is not going to be the front-burner issue in the way that everybody initially predicted.”

UPDATE: TPM and Kevin Drum note that Bartlett also said the White House enjoyed communicating with right-wing bloggers because “they regurgitate exactly and put up on their blogs what you said to them.”