As Exhibit B, see the Dec. 29 Washington Post story reporting that President Bush's upsurge is due to a two-pronged strategy of "lash(ing) out at war opponents in Congress" and his adoption of a "humbler assessment of events on the ground in Iraq that included admissions about how some of his expectations had been frustrated."
As Exhibits C through ZZZ, I refer you to numerous TV and radio programs in which liberals have echoed the theme that Bush is now admitting his mistakes concerning Iraq.
Nonsense. The president has never claimed personal inerrancy. He has just refused to admit he lied about WMD or that he was wrong to have gone into Iraq, even knowing what we now think we know about their WMD.
As Exhibit 1 for the president's defense, I offer the president's Dec. 19 press conference where he was gratuitously asked, on the heels of the historic Iraqi election, to name his biggest mistake.
He pointed out that he refused to take the bait the last time the question was asked because he believed the MSM were trying to get him to admit it was a mistake to go into Iraq. President Bush said, "And it wasn't a mistake to go into Iraq. It was the right decision to make."
He then went on to discuss other decisions involving Iraq, some of which might have been mistakes and some of which probably weren't.
It's rather pathetic for Democrats and the MSM to argue that the president's rising poll numbers can be traced to his acknowledgment of errors. It's not as if the public has been sitting around stewing about his alleged stubbornness. If a disinclination toward repentance caused a president's popularity to decrease, then President Clinton would have been the least popular president in history.
No, President Bush's popularity is returning because his Iraq policies are bearing fruit and he is fighting back in a systematic and sustained way against his partisan accusers. The public is finally hearing him defend himself with well-earned righteous indignation.
It's a beautiful thing.