Obviously, in light of this week's revelations, evangelist Ted Haggard is going to have some trouble keeping his old political allies. I suppose a guy learns who is real friends are after he's been accused of having a meth-filled fling with a gay prostitute.
Considering the fact that the president considers loyalty one of the most important qualities a person can have, will Bush stand by his friend Haggard in his time of need? Not so much. Consider yesterday's White House press gaggle:
Q: This Reverend Haggard out in Colorado, is he someone who is close to the White House? There had been reports that he was on the weekly call with evangelicals. Is that true?
FRATTO: I'm actually told that that's not true, that he has — in terms of a weekly call that he has? He had been on a couple of calls, but was not a weekly participant in those calls. I believe he's been to the White House one or two times. I don't want to confine it to a specific number because it would take a while to figure out how many times. But there have been a lot of people who come to the White House….
Yep, now that Haggard is mired in scandal, his old friend the president asks, "Ted who?"
For the Bush gang to now say that Haggard is just some guy who might have been to the White House once or twice is simply wrong. For that matter, it's part of a pattern for a president who considers loyalty a one-way street.