It’s not surprising that the White House thought that line was so damaging it was worth leaking to Matt Drudge to try to defuse its impact. It doesn’t seem to me like the most damaging part of the story, but it does rip the veil of niceness from Bush’s ugly, sneering face in a way that ordinary voters could connect to at a gut level.
So, you professional journalists out there, how’s about it? Did George W. Bush say that? Get the White House spokesman on record. And then get to those GOP Regents. Not all of them will lie.