I, for one, am not encouraged that the pro-GOP outfit, Progress for America Voter Fund, is spending $14 million in battleground states on the “Ashley’s Story” ad showing President Bush comforting a little girl who lost her mother on 9/11. Are the polls tight because too many people think Bush is unsympathetic to people who lost loved ones? It can’t be an appeal to people who figure he’s a nice enough guy, but might be in over his head. Seems to me it plays to the caricature of Bush as an unfeeling warmonger so beloved by Michael Moore Democrats. It’s an awful lot of money to waste with so few days left and that Edwards’s primping ad unmade.