By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
The conventional wisdom in Washington has President Obama recovering in the polls, much as former President Clinton did after his disastrous start. Democrats like that model because it holds out hope the prez will see his ratings recover in time to win re-election in 2012. But there's an alternative model for Obama to look at: former President George W. Bush, who never recovered when his polls tanked in 2005. The reason, says a key congressional Republican: "Bush didn't back down like Clinton, who swung to the middle. Obama looks like he's hardening his position, too. Problem is, he's doing it before his re-election."