THE POWER OF A STORY PEOPLE WANT TO BELIEVE IN
Bush is up three points. Quibbles about likely vs. registered voters aside, what the hell is going on? There hasn't been a single major news story in Bush's favor in months. Everything on the front page contradicts what he's saying, i.e. freedom marching on in Iraq (boom! bang!). And he climbs in the polls.
Obviously the Republicans are better at putting out their story. It helps that it's a simpler story. And it helps that most people don't read the front page, especially not in the red states. (Lisa pointed out that all the states with a decent newspaper are blue, whether the paper's for Bush or not: Illinois and the Chicago Trib
, New York and the Times
, California and the LA Times
, Massachusetts and the Globe
I think the Dems have missed it by failing to tell the whole truth: Bush is responsible for 9/11. He dropped the ball. He had the warnings and he did nothing. But Kerry has at least pointed out that he's botched the response: botched Afghanistan, attacked Iraq, then botched Iraq.
My sole consolation is that if Bush gets in for another four years, the country may well be in such a mess by the end of it that all the Republicans get thrown out. The next four years are going to be bad, bad, bad.
Thank God I live in Montreal.