These are trying times for the Bush White House, what with their poll numbers drooping lower than Karl Rove’s third chin. As such, I’m always on the lookout for signs that this dangerously insular administration realizes exactly how desperately it needs to get its act together. Latest bit of evidence: Just starting this week, each time I open my email I find two or three new dispatches from the White House Communications Office, alerting me to some inspirational speech Bush is giving, some new initiative his folks are hard at work on, some sinister bit of misinformation the Dems are spreading, or some positive coverage the administration has just received from the typically-dismissed-as-hatefully-biased mainstream media. If the White House has decided to start wooing avowed critics like me, they really must be getting nervous. Good.  --Michelle

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