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Can of whoop-*ss…opened…again

Painful, and beautiful.

Q What is his problem? Two years, and he can’t call Rove in and find out what the hell is going on? I mean, why is it so difficult to find out the facts? It costs thousands, millions of dollars, two years, it tied up how many lawyers? All he’s got to do is call him in.

MR. McCLELLAN: You just heard from the President. He said he doesn’t know all the facts. I don’t know all the facts.

Q Why?

MR. McCLELLAN: We want to know what the facts are. Because —

Q Why doesn’t he ask him?

Shakes Sis was quite right about the goings-on at yesterday’s briefing — “The Press Continues to Feast on the Raw Tushy of Scott McClellan.” Will he be back for more today?

House Blender Paul emailed me: “During Monday’s White House briefing, Scott McClellan said ‘The President has great faith in the American people and their judgment.’ “

And the American people’s judgment?

Skepticism about the administration’s cooperation has jumped. As the initial investigation began in September 2003, nearly half the public, 47 percent, believed the White House was fully cooperating. That fell to 39 percent a few weeks later, and it’s lower still, 25 percent, in this new ABC News poll.

This view is highly partisan; barely over a tenth of Democrats and just a quarter of independents think the White House is fully cooperating. That grows to 47 percent of Republicans — much higher, but still under half in the president’s own party. And doubt about the administration’s cooperation has grown as much among Republicans — by 22 points since September 2003 — as it has among others.

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