The Prince of Darkness is Not Pleased with the way the Beloved Leader fired Rumsfeld. Well, in all conscience it was rotten enough. Rumsfeld deserved better of Bush, though not of the country. (Novak thinks it was wrong of Bush to keep Rumsfeld in the dark; if he thinks it was wrong to lie to the country, he doesn’t say so.)
As Novak points out, though, this particular rotten aspect of GWB’s rotten character isn’t exactly news; he’s done the same thing before.
So what’s changed? Why, GWB is wounded, that’s what. Novak never kicks anyone who isn’t down already. Put it down as one more sign that The Good Ship Bush is foundering: even the rats are deserting.