According to Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, there is a reason President Obama isn't winning either in the debt-ceiling fight or the latest opinion polls, which have his approval at 46 percent. "When he speaks on the debt negotiations, he is not only extremely boring, with airy and bromidic language — really they are soul-killing, his talking points — but he never seems to be playing it straight,” she writes. “He always seems to be finagling, playing the angles in some higher game that only he gets. In 2½ years, he has reached the point that took George W. Bush five years to reach: People aren't listening anymore." Noonan, who wrote speeches for Ronald Reagan, counsels Obama to stay off TV, stay in his office, talk to lawmakers, and try some "new humility" and "strategic silence."