The latest poll from NBC/WSJ shows, surprise surprise, that Kerry and Bush are virtually deadlocked, which MSNBC is touting as "Bush down but not out." I think that's accurate, but beyond this, the poll results show just how effective the relentless onslaught by the media to bury the President has been:
The poll shows that only 36 percent of respondents believe the nation is headed in the right direction, compared with 48 percent who say the country is on the wrong track. That's a slight improvement from the survey's results in May, however, when 50 percent said the nation was headed in the wrong direction.
"This is just a cranky and unhappy electorate," Hart said. And that could possibly be a tremendous liability for Bush if those numbers don't improve this fall, since experts believe that right direction/wrong track numbers provide one of the most accurate measures of whether or not an incumbent president will be re-elected.
Since the Administration can't rely on the press to report fairly and accurately, it has to do a much, much better job of disseminating all of the great news about the economy and job creation. We can't be on the wrong track with 1.4 million new jobs since last October and the strongest economic indicators since 1999.
What makes the MSNBC piece laughable, though, is that it not only repeats all of the boilerplate prevarications the NYT, et al. have been pushing for months, it wildly exaggerates the press coverage of certain events to absurdity. Peep this:
Many experts also believe that the recent death of President Reagan benefited Bush and his re-election campaign after Bush eulogized the former president at the Washington National Cathedral, and after the press (for the most part) glowingly highlighted Reagan's presidency.
But troubling news and damaging images — almost all of which are Iraq-related — have also plagued the administration, including the recent beheadings of 26-year-old American Nicholas Berg, American contractor Paul Johnson and a South Korean translator.
First, these barbaric murders were all but ignored by the media. Combine all of the coverage these sadistic slayings received, then compare that to any one day of Abu Ghraib coverage. It's like comparing Willie Shoemaker to Michael Moore. And why is that? Because Americans committed the atrocities at Abu Ghraib. The media can't let us forget, even for a second, that we're the bad guys and it's all our fault.
And the Sept. 11 commission found no clear collaborative link between Iraq and al-Qaida, challenging one of the administration's primary justifications for the Iraq war.
Despite these negative numbers for Bush, the presidential horse race between Bush and Kerry is deadlocked, and the poll suggests one reason why: Voters still don't know much about Kerry, even though his campaign has spent tens of millions of dollars in TV advertisements. According to the poll, in fact, just 57 percent of the respondents say they know a lot or a fair amount about Kerry — a real drop from 68 percent in the NBC/Journal March survey.
Well, we know he was born in a VA hospital. The hospital in which a candidate was born is such a crucial factor in determining who is most fit to lead.