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New poll shows Bush with slight lead

Fortunately the subtitle is “AP survey finds Kerry solidifying his own base”. They present a tie as bad for Bush and now a Bush lead is noted but with a silver lining. The poll not only shows Bush leading, but leading by more than the margin of error, which probably REALLY irritates them — that margin for error has been their main angle for a couple of weeks now.

This despite almost non-stop coverage about how picking Edwards gave Kerry a huge boost in the polls.

A quote they use to try and show that Edwards has really helped Kerry:

“I’m more impressed with Kerry now that he chose Edwards,” said Republican voter Robin Smith, 45, a teacher from Summerville, S.C. “I look at Kerry and I don’t trust him, but he’s got Edwards, who’s more middle-of-the-road, a strong speaker, more able to reach the common man.”

First of all, it’s weird that they used a Republican to try and show how Edwards was helping Kerry. Couldn’t they find a Democrat to do that? I thought this was a wet dream for all of them.

Second, she says she DOESN’T TRUST Kerry, but by adding Edwards it’s not quite as bad since he’s a good speaker and can reach more people.

Wow. Can’t trust Kerry, but it’s good that Edwards will help him reach out more. That’s a convincing reason to overlook distrust in the Presidential hopeful.

At least this story has the decency to point out that Bush has gained ground from previous polls. Too often we aren’t given any context for the numbers.

Also, much is being made in some circles about Kerry’s claim on Larry King that he hasn’t had time to be briefed on the latest national security warning. Here’s the quote:

LARRY KING: News of the day, Tom Ridge warned today about al Qaeda plans of a large-scale attack on the United States. Didn’t increase the — you see any politics in this? What’s your reaction?

JOHN KERRY: Well, I haven’t been briefed yet, Larry. They have offered to brief me. I just haven’t had time.

Why on earth would someone say that. I don’t really believe claims that Kerry would surrender in the War on Terror made by fervent Republicans, but when Kerry says things like this it makes me wonder.

He’s apparently come around a bit from his earlier law-enforcement approach to terrorism, but he hasn’t really embraced the fact that America is at war. Would Kerry, if elected, pull out of Iraq the way Clinton pulled us out of Somalia after Mogadishu? I doubt it. But when a senator running for president says he hasn’t had time to attend a briefing on increased terrorist threats, it will understandably make some people wonder how serious he really is about the issue.

UPDATE: Allahpundit has a picturesque take on Kerry’s lack of time.