What Else Is In Scott's Head?

The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Thirty-six years young...nah, old

Today is my 36th birthday, and What's In Scott's Head is a year old. What a day. I've been sick all week, which is why I haven't updated the site as often as I should have. Not to worry, I'll be back to my America-hating ways before long.

One of the big news items this weekend is the numbers in a recent Gallup poll. The USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll, conducted Sept. 13-15, has Bush with a huge lead over John Kerry, 55% to 42%.

However, two other polls show the two candidates tied. The Pew Research Center's most recent poll has Bush at 47% and Kerry at 46%. A poll by Harris Interactive also shows the candidates tied.

The polls would indicate we're in for a very tight race. This could very well be one of those elections that are decided by a small number of voters. Bush and Kerry have their eye on eight swing states: Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. In the 2000 campaign, Nevada and New Hampshire barely went to Bush, and the rest barely went to Gore. We're talking very small percentages.

John Kerry has a lot of work ahead of him. He's got to get on track with a campaign message that connects with voters. So far, I don't think he's been very successful in that regard. Kerry got himself tangled up in a campaign focused almost entirely on Kerry's service in Vietnam. The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth were able to successfully launch a campaign to cast doubt on Kerry's service. A willing media allowed the Swift Boat vets to communicate their message to the world, and that media was not particularly interested in challenging their claims. Never mind the fact that most of the Swift boat vets never met or served with John Kerry. Never mind the fact that the accounts given by some of the Swifties contradicted other claims, and in some cases supported Kerry's version of events, not the Swifties. Never mind the fact that the U.S. Navy's investigation into John Kerry's medals and ribbons showed the medals and ribbons were awarded properly. The media has ignored the truth in favor of the version of the truth presented by the Swifties. So much for that liberal bias.


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