"as bush proceeds with his second term, we have had some six years to observe him. it is abundantly clear that he is a mental lightweight with a strong right-wing authoritarian personality, with some social dominance tendencies as well. bush's leading authorities are 'his gut', his god, and his vice president. cheney, it appears, knows how to manipulate the president like a puppet, and handles his oversized ego by making him believe ideas or decisions are his own when, in fact, they are cheney's. ... cheney is the mind of this presidency, with bush its salesman. ... bush simply does not have the mental facility or inclination for serious critical analysis of the policies he is being pushed to adopt. ... without terrorism, george w. bush would have likely been a one-term president; with terrorism as a raison d'etre, bush and cheney's authoritarianism has not been questioned seriously enough."
john dean, 'conservatives without conscience'