Despite one of the last relentlessly negative media campaigns in recent memory, Bush is ahead in the polls on various key issues and in the head to head match-up according to the latest Washington Post poll . Personally, I think the poll obsessions are overdone, but this would seem to show that Bush’s ads are working and Kerry’s attacks aren’t. Indeed, what’s more interesting is that Kerry’s buying ads in “key states” — i.e. normally safe Democratic states: New York, California, Washington, Wisconsin and New Jersey.
I can think of a bunch of reasons why Kerry would need to do that, but I can’t think of any that would count as a good sign for the Kerry campaign.