Mourning In America

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Thursday, February 10, 2005
Can't Fool All of the People All of the Time Newsday reports:
Republican George Pataki's job approval rating has sunk to 34 percent, the lowest of his 10 year-tenure as governor and the first time it has dipped below 40 percent, an independent statewide poll reported Thursday.

Likely Democractic candidate Eliot Spitzer leads Pataki 54-30 in a head-to-head matchup.

The poll also found that 78% of New Yorkers think Patki should not run for President. That even tops the 60% of Massachusetts residents who think it would be a mistake for John Kerry to run for President.

Chickens Coming Home to Roost Andrew Card, the White House Chief of Staff, is concerned because fewer staffers than he expected have chosen to resign as the President moves into his second term.
Asked how many members of the staff had departed in recent weeks, Mr. Card replied, "Far fewer than I would have anticipated."

"I think I've expressed that frustration to the senior staff," Mr. Card said in a telephone interview on Monday. "I was surprised I haven't seen more people come forward to ask, 'Can I use you as a reference?'"

Perhaps if the administration had created some jobs in its first term, the White House staffers would be more confident about leaving the ones they have...