Rich Galen

Remember that when this whole thing first came to light Weiner lashed out at everyone from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to a CNN reporter to whom he referred as "that jackass."

Who's the jackass now?

New Topic.

Now, back to Dan Balz and the Washington Post/ABC News poll. The headline says it all: Obama Loses bin Laden Bounce.

According to the poll - taken last week - President Obama's overall job approval, which had jumped from 47 percent to 56 percent in the immediate aftermath of bin Laden's death is back where it started: 47 percent.

Forty-nine percent disapprove including - and this has got to have Obama's political staff losing sleep - 53 percent of independents.

The economy, according to the Post, about 60 percent of all those polled were negative on Obama's handling of the economy, but to reinforce the overall job approval among independents, "Nearly two-thirds of political independents disapprove of the president's handling of the economy, including - for the first time - a slim majority who do so strongly."

More bad news for the White House. More people trust the Republicans in Congress to deal with the economy than the President - 45-42. That's a margin-of-error difference, but Balz makes the point that it is "an 11-point improvement for the GOP since March."

Mediscare may not working as well for Democrats as we had been led to believe.

In the match-ups between Obama and potential GOP opponents, he is tied with Mitt Romney among all respondents at 47; but among registered voters in the poll Romney has a slight edge 49-46.

Among other announced or potential GOP candidates:

-- Huntsman trailed Obama by ten; 50-40
-- Gingrich trailed by ten; 52-42
-- Pawlenty trailed by eleven; 51-40
-- Bachmann trailed by 13; 52-39
-- Palin trailed the trailers, losing to Obama by 17; 56-39

It's only Wednesday morning, but it's already been a really bad week for Democrats at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

On the Secret Decoder Ring today: A link to the story about how they got the goods on Weiner, the Washington Post Polling story and to the polling firm's analysis. Also a pretty amusing Mullfoto and a Catchy Caption of the Day.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at