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Tuesday, April 20, 2004
The Washington Post reports today:

By 49 percent to 44 percent, Bush was viewed as better able to deal with the country's biggest problems. Five weeks ago, those numbers were reversed. By comfortable margins, voters saw Bush as stronger than Kerry on key national security issues.

Which, of course, begs the question : on the basis of what changes in the facts in the interim?

Richard Clarke's revelations? Bob Woodward's revelations? Stagnant job growth? Increasing death and disorder in Iraq? Further alientation of the Arab world? Condaleeza Rice's "historical" memo performance? His press conference?

Answer:

During the past five weeks, however, Bush's reelection campaign has spent about $50 million on television ads, many of them critical of Kerry. At the same time, Kerry has been less visible than he was during the heat of the Democratic primaries and has struggled to get out his message over the volume of news about Iraq and terrorism.

Ah, the grandeur that was Rome.

Source : Poll Shows New Gains for Bush