All through the '04 campaign, whenever polls came back showing Kerry making a move or holding on to a lead, the corporate journalist reporting the numbers would nearly never fail to mention that BushCo still polled strong when it came to how people felt he was handling terrorism. Nagourney the Noble gave us the best example of how completely twisted a corporate journalist would get to make that case, but it was clearly the established narrative at the time. Not any more. From the USA Today via Atrios:
• For the first time — albeit by a narrow 49%-48% — a plurality disapprove of the way Bush is handling the issue of terrorism. Six in 10 disapprove of the way he's handling foreign affairs, the economy, Iraq and immigration, and 71% disapprove of him on controlling federal spending.
Judging from past experience with Team BushCo, this news makes me a million times more nervous than any screwball video from Osama bin Laden and his inexhaustible supply of seconds in command.