A state of dispersed attention seems to offer certain advantages. It may be compared to a sport like hang gliding. In distraction we are suspended, we hover, we reserve our opinions.
Saul Bellow (1915 -- 2005), novelist
Hello Mr and Mrs America, from border to border and coast to coast and all the ships at sea, what the hell has taken you so long!
Finally, one thing we can be thankful to Karl Rove about, according to Associated Press, Americans have growing doubts about President Bush's honesty and his effectiveness. The new poll by the Pew Research Center, shows people are uneasy with the war in Iraq, uncertain about the economy and nervous about the terrorist threat.
The story states that 49 percent of those polled, said they believe the president is trustworthy, while almost as many, 46 percent said he is not. Bush was at 62 percent on this measure in a September 2003 Pew poll and at 56 percent in a Gallup poll in April. One of Bush's strong suits throughout his presidency has been the perception by a majority of people that he is honest.
The slide in trust in Bush comes at a time the White House is answering questions about top aide Karl Rove's involvement in the public leak of the identity of a CIA operative.
So what does Bush do? Time to name a Supreme Court Justice nominee to cool the heat in the White House press room.