The best proof that all of the election year punditry has for the most part been a pregame show comes in the New York Times/CBS News poll which shows that 36 percent of those surveyed have no opinion on Kerry whatsoever. Most people aren’t paying attention. Moreover, Kerry is cloaked in a shroud of forgetfulness. People hear him and then forget what he said almost immediately. As Howie Kurtz notes, this means the Bushies can still “identify” Kerry in the minds of the voters. So can, Kerry of course. But Kerry’s been trying very hard at that for a long time and it hasn’t worked too well.