A commenter writes:
Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal: Why Does Elizabeth Bumiller Still Have a Job (Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps?): Fred "Rebel in Chief" Barnes was on Fresh Air yesterday. He promptly started walking back his hero worship by saying that when his book was commissioned, just after the election, Bush was riding high in the polls yadda yadda... He had the sense to give the impression that he was kind of ashamed by his own book.
Later on he said something like the presidency is not quite a disaster yet, and if you throw Karl and Dick under the bus and elevate Condi to VP, it could possibly be salvaged - at least the VP hearings would change the subject in DC for a week or two! Low expectations indeed.