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The lame duck president

The new Gallup Poll for USA Today shows "a 54% majority [saying] Bush will be judged as a below-average or poor president, more than double the negative rating given any of his five most recent predecessors...  Overall, Republicans rate Bush third, below Reagan and the elder Bush but above Ford and the two Democrats.  They rank Clinton last.  Democrats rank Clinton first and Carter second, followed by Reagan, Ford and the elder Bush.  The current president is last." 

The Washington Post's Milbank looks at Tony Snow's increasing reliance upon the response, "I don't know."  "When Snow took over as White House press secretary earlier this year, reporters found it refreshing that he was willing to admit when he didn't know something.  This has become rather less refreshing as Snow, while claiming access to Bush's sanctum sanctorum, continues to use the phrase -- more than 400 times so far in televised briefings and interviews...  Unsurprisingly, this method has done some damage to briefer-questioner relations."