Sunday Morning Coming Down
While Gallup, CNN, and their ilk are going all-out making "in-kind contributions" to the Bush campaign in the guise of ludicrously distorted poll numbers, the Bushistas are no fools--they realize what a perilous position they're in. Today's WaPo article offers some choice tidbits:
GOP officials who talked to Bush-Cheney campaign leaders said the leaders have grown more worried about Ohio, Florida and other key states where Bush lacks a lead with just 10 days until the election. A poll by Ohio University's Scripps Survey Research Center, completed Thursday night, found Kerry leading 49 percent to 43 percent among registered voters, with a margin of error of five percentage points.
One Republican official described the mood at the top of the campaign as apprehensive. " 'Grim' is too strong," the official said. "If we feel this way a week from now, that will be grim."
The Republican official said polling for Bush showed him in a weaker position than some published polls have indicated, both nationally and in battlegrounds. In many of the key states, the official said, Bush is below 50 percent, and he is ahead or behind within the margin of sampling error -- a statistical tie.
"There's just no place where they're polling outside the margin of error so they can say, 'We have this state,' " the official said. "And they know that an incumbent needs to be outside the margin of error."
Of course, we then have Karl Rove's patented confidence-game schtick:
"It's going to be a close election, but we have a persistent lead" in national polls, said Rove, who was wearing a "Pennsylvania Victory" cap as he traveled with Bush on Saturday.
Rove said Bush has begun advertising more heavily in Michigan, a state that once appeared out of reach for Bush, and the White House announced that Bush will stay overnight there in the coming week.
Man, talk about a one-trick pony. Spend all the time in Michigan you want, pal, and maybe throw in another last-minute California swing while you're at it. The "reality-based community" will be forever grateful.