Drudge is reporting that Dubbya thinks that Hillary has “a national presence and this is becoming a national primary.” He also predicted that a GOP candidate would defeat her:

I think our candidate can beat her, but it’s going to be a tough race,” the president predicted in an Oval Office interview. “I will work to see to it that a Republican wins, and therefore don’t accept the premise that a Democrat will win. I truly think the Republicans will hold the White House.”

Bush expresses his opinion in a book due today titled “Evangelical President” by Bill Sampson.

Also in the book, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney both feel that this election will be close and “could go either way.”

Bush A “senior official” also weighs in on Barack Obama:

As for Obama, a senior White House official said the freshman senator from Illinois was “capable” of the intellectual rigor needed to win the presidency but instead relies too heavily on his easy charm.

“It’s sort of like, ‘that’s all I need to get by,’ which bespeaks sort of a condescending attitude towards the voters,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And a laziness, an intellectual laziness.”

No word yet if Hillary will use these “endorsements” in upcoming stump speeches.

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