Best-selling crime thriller writer John Grisham has shocked his legion of Republican fans with a full-throated attack on the president. George W. Bush, says Grisham leads an administration built around "bad people with evil intent" and the president is playing politics while thousands of people are killed every month :
"The war is an immoral abomination that we'll pay for for decades to come," Grisham said near the end of a 40-minute telephone interview with The Des Moines Register.
"We're paying for it now at the rate of 100 kids a month while Bush plays politics with it."
"I think it's going to be very hard for the Republicans after this administration to hang on.
Grisham said his differences with the current administration trace back to the beginning of its White House run.
"I've always thought that they were bad people with evil intent - and all that, it's playing out now," he said. "You can't hardly look at any aspect of the government in the seven years so far that's been run properly."
"I can't stand those people - and their incompetence is astounding," he said.
"I always thought you could at least depend on the Republican Party to maintain some semblance of fiscal responsibility.
"But they run up record deficits - taking care of billionaires that they want to take care of. Don't get me started on politics. I could go for a long time."