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Time and Newsweek polls released yesterday both show President Bush with an 11 point lead over challenger John Kerry. I know this because of www.drudgeport.com. I would never have known it looking at the major media websites.
CNN: Buried on politics page
MSNBC: Buried on politics page
Why do I single out these two? Because CNN and Time own a joint website, as do MSNBC and Newsweek. Basically, CNN and NBC refuse to report the results of their own polls because, like spoiled, petulant children, the polls don’t show what they want them to show.
The editors of these organizations are afraid that reporting Bush’s lead with as much fervor as they announced Kerry’s 2-point lead in July, Bush’s lead will harden. They don’t want this, though, as the men and women who run CNN and MSNBC are Democrats and liberals. They personally hate George Bush and despise the people who vote for him. And they are angry that there are so many of us.
The news of Bush’s lead, though, won’t be secret for long. The blogs will see to that.
Again, I’m amazed at the similarities between descriptions of Kerry’s campaign problems and Al Gore’s four years ago. I’m sure Al Hunt and Howard Fineman mean to help Kerry with their fond descriptions of his thinking skills, but they are setting him up for failure by raising the bar too high. As they did with Gore, they are over-selling their candidate while the GOP continues to under-sell Bush.
According to Drudge. I don’t know. I don’t have cable (only a cable modem), and none of the mainstreams are saying anything negative about the protesters on their web sites. Please post a comment if it’s worth talking about.
Yesterday, Dan Rather wrote on his blog that Democrats are becoming frustrated and disappointed with the Kerry campaign. As I noted earlier, there’s a feeling of a big Bush surge coming.
Now, Al Hunt, in today’s Wall Street Journal, writes of a “major shake-up” coming in the Kerry campaign. (Remember all of Al Gore’s shake-ups? Remember the contrast between Bush’s well-oiled machine with one man making quick decisions against Gore’s committee-driven, poll watching, risk averse blob?)
IF you have a WSJ online subscription, click here. If not, here are some highlights:
Dispirited Democrats — prominent senators, top fundraisers, even a few Kerry confidants — have told the candidate, who is in Nantucket, that high-level changes are imperative. A few very well-connected Democrats report something will occur in the next few days.
Leading Democrats describe a command structure often frozen — or at least tempered — by too many chefs, a too-heavy reliance on polls or focus groups and an aversion to risks. As a result, the message often is muddled and the reaction to hard-hitting attacks from Republicans often is slow and unconvincing.
The Democrats’ picture is strikingly similar to the situation the party faced the last time it sought to unseat a President Bush. In June 1992, Bill Clinton’s campaign was cratering; he was running third in the polls, behind President Bush and Independent candidate Ross Perot, the message was muddled, high-level conference calls involved dozens of campaign chiefs as there were no clear lines of authority. Hillary Clinton stepped in, tapped James Carville to be in charge of everyone, and Mr. Clinton went on to win in November.
I would disagree with Hunt’s comparison to Clinton’s campaign. Clinton was in trouble much earlier. By the GOP convention, Bush 41 looked ready to go. “Read my lips,” was still playing everywhere. The Kerry campaign looks much more like Gore’s in 2000 from my view.
It’s been 35 days nine hours since my last smoke, and I’m craving them badly today. This is the first time I’ve wanted to smoke in over 2 weeks.
I’ve saved $232.75, though, less about $95 for off-brand patches. I have to buy one more box of 7 mg patches, then I’m done. I’ll have a net savings of about $130 by the time my patches run out. Wahoo!
Andrew Sullivan is sensing something that I’m sensing, too: things are moving, at least at the moment, in the President’s direction. I think the protesters are helping Bush far more than they’re hurting them, and Andrew has some other reasons:
“In all this, you can almost feel the election swinging Bush’s way a little. The swift boat smear was important in jolting the conversation, in changing the dynamic that was pointing to a Bush defeat. But Kerry’s weaknesses are also at play here. I don’t believe his convention was wasted.“
I don’t confuse George H. W. Bush with a great president. I do believe he has been and remains a truly great American, though. His performance as the former president father of the president has been superb–no one could ask for a better performance.
Wow. What an airhead. I hope I don’t offend any lawyer friends, but Edwards strikes me as the worst of his breed: ambulance chasers. I’ll be he has more books on marketing legal services, maximizing profitability from a single client, and finding new avenues for class action suits than he has on actual law.
John Edwards is a shallow, empty man who, absent our current legal system, would sell junk bonds door to door making millions without a scrupple.