There comes a point for some unfortunate presidents when the American people begin to hit the mute button; they just stop listening. Or to put it differently, when the public turns strongly against an elected official on an issue, they begin to turn on that official on everything. In this case, Iraq has become a ball and chain for President Bush, weighing him down on every issue. The separation [in approval rating] between his weakest issue, Iraq, and his strongest, terrorism, is just five points.--Political handicapper Charlie Cook, writing at NationalJournal.com.
Here's hoping Bush can find a way to deal with this. I do not think the public has turned strongly against Bush on Iraq; they're restless with the way it's going but are not opposing him -- yet. Even so, all the recent White House pratfalls do not inspire much confidence in me that he can get out in front of the people on the war.