· How low will it go? According to the latest Newsweek Poll, President George Bush’s job approval rating has fallen to just 31 percent, "the worst approval rating of his presidency." But wait there's more and it's even worse. "Most Americans are writing off the rest of Bush’s presidency; two thirds believe he will be unable to get much done."
· Bush and the bi-partisan Iraq Study Group meet to discuss the unpopular war and a key Democratic senator urges troop withdrawal within four to six months.
· Nancy Pelosi backs John Murtha (D-PA), one of the most vocal critics of the war, to become House Majority Leader.
· Remember Karl Rove? The much-hyped GOP strategist emerges from witness protection to dismiss the Democrats' 29+ House pickups and 6 wins as "a transient, passing thing ... people were talking 35, 40 or more and it didn't happen. There were a number of elections which were supposed to be close and ended up not being close." Sure, like the defeats of George Allen and Rick Santorum. Spin, spin baby.
· The Boston Globe breaks down Deval Patrick's numbers.
· Bush spokesperson: Prescription drugs are cheap enough
· Who will run the RNC after Ken Mehlman? Hotline suggests veteran operative Mary Matalin may take over but conservatives could object because Matalin "wants to open the GOP tent to gay people." Speaking of that ... "Mehlman opposed discrimination against gay people and has many gay friends. His refusal to answer questions about his sexual orientation led to incorrect speculation that he is gay, which amused many of his long-time friends and, as Mehlman once acknowledged, crimped his social life."