If President Bush’s people read the newspapers for him, since he insists he does not, they know he is taking it in the teeth this week. “A President All Alone,” blared the headline of Robert Novak’s column yesterday. We know a certain someone who is close to the president is a regular Novak reader, or at least a Novak leaker.

Also, the news that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAlabama election has GOP racing against the clock McConnell PAC demands Moore return its money Klobuchar taking over Franken's sexual assault bill MORE (R-Ky.) is backing off his filibuster policy on the Iraq debate is remarkable. “We need to get the bill on down to the president and the veto out of the way,” said McConnell, ordering bulldozers to the political barricades of procedural votes that have protected Bush since the surge began. His colleague, Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranTrump asks for another billion in disaster aid Congressional leaders eyeing two-year caps deal up to 0 billion Senate passes resolution requiring mandatory sexual harassment training MORE (R-Miss.) seconded the notion, telling The Washington Post “We’re part of the problem if this doesn’t work … let him and the commanders in the field figure out a way to win.” It didn’t end there; a Republican House member was quoted saying the party has toed the line long enough. “Republicans are sick of defending an ungrateful president,” the member said.
Bush is having a GOP powwow at the White House Thursday to thank Republicans for opposing the Iraq spending bill and to encourage them to hang in. He better be inspiring.