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by Mr. Pepys Thursday, May. 20, 2004 at 9:34 PM

George Bush's family offers a deep, dark mine of scandalous material as it threatens to become a self-serving dynasty that is bigger than the US Constitution. Kelley's book about the would-be dynasty could be the biggest obstacle to its becoming a reality, bigger than Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11" because it will cause more discussion. Anyway, the big question remains, Did Sharon Bush spill the beans to Kitty Kelley? Read on.

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Rushing for a September 14 release date of her biography of George W. Bush's family, Washington, DC, author Kitty Kelley is busy, busy, busy.

The latest in a string of demolishing unauthorized bios by the author, "The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty," is sure to make news like her efforts on Nancy Reagan, Frank Sinatra, the British royal family, Jackie O, and Liz Taylor. She is a fastidious fact-checker with an unrivaled knack for zingers such as stories of coathanger abortions.

George Bush's family offers a deep, dark mine of scandalous material as it threatens to become a self-serving dynasty that is bigger than the US Constitution. Kelley's book about the would-be dynasty could be the biggest obstacle to its becoming a reality.

Kitty Kelly books hit the best-seller lists at Number One and go on to sell over a million hard copies each (the last three books). They make news for months and years after release. I can hardly wait to plop down to finally plumb the deep, dark depths of the Bushes. This book has made news even before release and probably has Karl Rove's head swimming with spins, and Dubya's grandfather, the notorious graverobber Prescott Bush, spinning in his grave.

The Bush men -- and women -- have built one of the most influential families of the 20th and 21st centuries, rivaling the Kennedys in influence and grabbing millions of dollars as they duck in and out of government service.

Lacking the juicy, gossipy, sexy panache of the Kennedys, the gray Bushes are content to skulk in the shadows, going back to the Skull & Bones cult at Yale and the spooks of the CIA. They have put two men in the White House; and another Bushie, Jeb, the governor of the most famous of election "swing" states, is waiting in the wings already. This is the one that ex-President Bush calls "the Smart One." (What has he given us now?) The dynasty that eluded Joseph Kennedy seems within the grasp of George Herbert Bush, and now it is in the sights of Kitty Kelley.


Around the Ides of April in 2003, the media reported that Kelley may have found her own Deep Throat source for the Bush bio, Sharon Bush, the wronged wife of Dubya's brother Neil. Sharon Bush's lunch with Kelley was the most reported meal of the Bushes since the aborted dinner that Neil had planned with the brother of John Hinckley (it had to be canceled because Hinckley shot Reagan). Mrs. Kelley's lunch with Ms. Bush was less eventful but widely reported. Here at last was the source that could tell all. Pillow talk could result in a Deep Throat for Kelley's Bush expose.

But wait--Neil Bush suddenly upped the dollar amount of his divorce settlement buyout with Sharon, and Sharon canceled the book collaboration with Kelley. Kelley accomplished what even the family matriarch, "Bar" Bush, couldn't or wouldn't, an improved settlement. No doubt Kelly will relate how Sharon went to Bar, who had introduced Sharon's replacement to Neil, angling for a larger amount than the 00 a month that the miserly Neil had allotted her and her two children still at home, Neil's children (another one is the super model Lauren Bush). After all, Neil's failed Silverado Savings and Loan project had cost the taxpayers over 1 million times that much. Bar's mother-in-lawly advice for Sharon was something like, "You talk to your mother and I'll talk with Neilsie," or, translated roughly, "No dice."

I have always been fascinated by Barbara Bush and her relationship with her sons, especially vis-a-vis their father, the former president. And I have thought there was a bigger reason for the Iraq war than WMD, oil payoffs to Bush cronies, and even political diversion, something more Oedipal like "I'll finish what Poppy started, and I'll show Mom I saved his butt, too." (Saddam Hussein was claimed by the US government to have plotted the death of the former president, ex officio.) This then, this white-haloed grandmotherly face, is the face that launched a thousand Cruise missiles.

This is the same Bar Bush who, in her 1994 memoir, described Neilsie's and Sharon's first meeting during Neilsie's work on Poppy's presidential campaign of 1980: "Neil had met and fallen in love with a darling young schoolteacher from New Hampshire, Sharon Smith. He not only won her vote but, thank heavens, her heart, too." What a difference a decade, some swings of Neil's hotel-room door, and some swipes by Sharon at her rival make.

Anyway, the big question remains, Did Sharon Bush spill the beans to Kitty Kelley? Kitty demurely purrs that Sharon "has been a wonderful source." However, Sharon's literary agent , Christine Schott claims, "They only had lunch. Sharon kept her cards very close to her vest. Kitty Kelley is obviously trying to promote her own book." One thing is sure, the Bush political family has more beans to spill than the "Bush's Best" baked-bean company.

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