Maureen Dowd, who is sometimes a very shrewd judge of human nature and sometimes nuts (her savaging of Al Gore), is as far as I know the first one to have used the phrase “office wife” to describe members of the supportive harem George W. Bush has gathered around himself.
Now one of the despicable neo-cons who manipulated us into this war in the first place has piled on too, as he and his pack rush to distance themselves from the catastrophe they created. Here (thanks to a heads-up from Everett VanDorn) is Michael Ledeen, a “freedom scholar” at the American Enterprise Institute:
“Ask yourself who the most powerful people in the White House are. They are women who are in love with the president: Laura [Bush], Condi, Harriet Miers, and Karen Hughes.”
For more squealing from these neo-con rats as they flee the ship they sank, see this from Vanity Fair. The main argument they advance is that the war was an excellent idea, but Bush and his team were too incompetent to pull it off. All Richard Perle and the boys did was talk the village idiot into jumping off a cliff; it’s not their fault if he didn’t have wings.