It has been a losing battle for Kenneth D. Lewis in the four months since Bank of America Corp. tried to play the hero with a blockbuster deal to save Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc.

Things have gotten so bad that talk of nationalizing B of A has become commonplace.

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