Syndicated columnist Dick Morris wrote that if President Bush were to begin pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, "he could begin to recover his personal ratings" and improve his party's chances in the 2008 election, because his "ratings on the economy are not bad, and he still draws commendations for his battle against terrorism." In fact, recent public opinion polls show that majorities of respondents disapprove of Bush's handling of the economy and that at least half disapprove of how he is handling the fight against terrorism.
In a washingtonpost.com discussion, Richard Cohen asserted that Lewis "Scooter" Libby "didn't commit the original crime" in the CIA leak case because he wasn't Robert Novak's source for the column that disclosed Valerie Plame's identity. However, Libby did leak Plame's identity to other reporters. Cohen also falsely claimed that Plame was not "covert." An unclassified summary of Plame's CIA employment established that she was, in fact, a covert CIA employee.
A Newsweek article cited former Sen. Fred Thompson's leadership of a 1997 investigation into Republican campaign finance irregularities as evidence that he "was willing to buck his party." However, Thompson shut down the investigation before Democrats could introduce evidence linking GOP lawmakers to a fundraising group they claimed had skirted campaign finance laws.