When A Pep Talk Isn't All That Peppy

With Bush's poll numbers sinking and Republicans in Congress bickering among themselves, it was surely a good time for the President to pay a visit to Capitol Hill to rally the troops. And his pep talk on Iraq to G.O.P. legislators last weekan Iraqi President, he said, would one day come to the U.S. and "thank us for what we've done"--got the expected public raves from those in charge of the party's message. "To the last person in there, we're all behind him," said Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

But the private reviews among some in the room were less gushing....

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