Woodward's Post-Electoral Prophecy

This article was originally published on October 26. Given Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld's resignation, it is being republished.

Issue: Sept-Oct 2006

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on October 26. Given Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld's resignation, it is being republished.

When people are gossiping in the real world out there, they usually tend to exchange some juicy buzz about the rich and the famous, like the latest love affair of this Hollywood star or that famous athlete. Mix a little bit of sex with money, drugs and a few revealing pics and the new issue of People magazine is on its way to the newsstand.

But in the capital of the world's only remaining superpower, tongue wagging can be quite a bit more consequential, and the gossip contained in Bob Woodward's new book, State of Denial, delivers an implicit prophecy of post-electoral Washington. In the run-up to the elections, there is much speculation about the future power balance on the Hill. Amid this speculation is a clear augury of relative importance, if one interprets the message of Woodward's sources.

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