Bin Laden: "Even as you enter the fourth year after the Sept. 11 attacks, Bush is still misleading and deluding you and hiding the real reason from you."
Kerry: "Unfortunately, in its desperate attempts to reinvent a rationale for the Iraq war, this White House has repeatedly chosen to mislead the American people."
(CNN quote of John Kerry speaking on 9-12-04)
The polls are starting to notice as well. Newsweek: Bush 50 Kerry 44. The Bush streaking, Kerry fading trend is starting to snowball. Michael Barone of US News & World Report theorizes:
Another theory, held by some Democrats as well as Republicans, is that voters will decide not to switch presidents in time of war and will surge toward Bush. Possibly spurring such a reaction is the increasingly vitriolic tone of the Kerry campaign and the 527 organization ads against Bush. The Kerry campaign deliberately tried to avoid that tone at its convention and sounded it again only in September after Bush built up a post-convention lead. But there can be a backlash to vitriol, as Minnesota Democrats discovered after the bile unleashed at Paul Wellstone's funeral in 2002. Demo-crats, living in a cocoon where Bush hatred is universal and unexceptionable, failed to anticipate that. Have they made the same mistake again?
In other words, the politics of vitriolic hate — your Michael Moore, Howard Dean, Al Gore screaming rage — don't reflect the values of most Americans. I mean, yeah – Osama's down with it, but…where does that leave you?