ABC News: Bush guru says bond with Americans lost
Political Radar: "In the forthcoming issue of Texas Monthly, former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd writes that President Bush's 'gut-level bond' with the American people 'may be lost' and that 'wholesale change' is needed in Iraq.
'Sending in a small contingent of troops is likely going to be seen as not helpful,' Dowd writes. 'He'd be much better off with the public if he said, 'This is a mess, we made mistakes, and the only way to fix it is a wholesale change.' And that could mean either a serious increase in troop strength or withdrawal.'"