More from Jeffrey Toobin’s book, Too Close to Call, on the theft of the White House in 2000:
Gore had a somewhat undeserved reputation as a computer whiz. He surfed the Web occasionally, sent e-mail on a wireless BlackBerry device … and used a laptop computer now and then. His habits were not totally unlike those of George W. Bush, who was an inveterate e-mailer.
And now we turn to Bush’s father, George Herbert Walker Bush, in a Fox “News” interview:
GRETA: You are a letter writer. Tons of letters.
H.W. BUSH: Not anymore. Because now I use the email. And the computer. And I find that I don’t do near as much writing as I used to, letters as I used to. I don’t save them. And I am worried about that a little bit not that I have that much more to say, but I think it’s too bad in a way that email will detract from the historical record of presidents. I don’t think that the President Bush uses email.
BARBARA BUSH: He doesn’t.
H.W. BUSH: You worry about it. People are going to subpoena the email records and we are going to, you know, you’ve gotta prove that you were telling the truth and all this stuff.
Two possibilities here. One is that George W., a reformed drunk who clings desperately to his little daily habits, went cold turkey on his inveterate e-mail jones when somebody told him about the Presidential Records Act of 1978.
Another possibility, a good deal more possible than the first, is that Bush has been using that Republican National Committee e-mail back channel just like the rest of his crew.
I’d like to find out whether the RNC had the technological smarts to set up its own server. If not, all that stuff is probably piled up somewhere just waiting for the right subpoena. And if so, there should still be a substantial mess of incriminating messages on the hard drives and servers of outside recipients.
Something might even turn up on the Google.