Read them and tell the Republicans to take a flying leap.
I'm sure more than a few at the White House were thinking that when they heard this.
The president's poll numbers are up--or at worst barely changed.
Down two points in the latest Fox News poll.
Up two points in the latest CNN poll, so a mixed read on a so-far, very mixed up mess!
But clearly, early-on, not much sticking to the president just yet.
I say, yet, because history teaches us such crises tend to be cumulative.
Just ask Richard Nixon, who weathered a year of non-stop Watergate break-in coverage--
Including a landslide re-election, before his numbers started turning, and he was going.
But it didn't happen right away--
More like a drip-drip of devastating headlines that eventually wouldn't go away.
Like the hero-to-zero polling that hit Barack Obama's predecessor, when he was flying high in the polls--
Right after we took down Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
Then saw it all evaporate when we got bogged down in Iraq.
Pollsters tell me crises take a while to register--that is, unless, of course, they have something to register.
Ronald Reagan survived initial Iran-Contra scrutiny until his poll numbers tumbled too--only to revive.
I guess it depends on whether the scandal is big enough, or serious enough.
Or in this president's case, any one of several scandals hitting the public registers enough.
This much I know.
Polls now are like snap shots.
Once snapped. Then shut.
Before more news snaps.
And folks decide whether a president's agenda or presidency itself is forever shut.