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March 19, 2004
Mickey Kaus Discerns a Kerry "Crumple"

Mickey Kaus, in his kausfiles entry for today, also notes the descent of Kerry's numbers, now even in the Rasmussen poll which shows Bush ahead of Kerry head-to-head outside of the margin of error:

... it's different when the drop is comes at the same time as a) a candidate whom no large group is enthusiastic about and b) whom Democratic voters in a truncated and unconstitutionally inhibited* primary process haven't bothered to find out much about c) is first exposed to the general electorate. Then the voters may simply be discovering they don't like him! By July 26 it could be clear to everyone except about 3,000 delegates to the Democratic convention that Kerry is not cutting it against Bush ...

Mickey earlier (3/16) linked back to my post on the CBS/NYT poll and how it showed that the numbers had slid precipitously for Kerry; against Bush and Nader, Kerry trailed Bush by eight points. Mickey and I agree: the "front-loaded" Democratic primaries have forced a bad candidate onto the Democrats, perhaps one of the worst campaigners in the field this year. He's unlikable, he's careless in his speech, he's truth-deficient, and he owns one of the most extreme voting records in the Senate.

Short of his voluntary withdrawal, though, they're stuck with him.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 19, 2004 2:20 PM

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