A brief post from Maine: Poppy's cool, Jr. not so much. And the new CBS poll confirms that this "terror bounce" that Fineman and the other brain-dead pundits knew was happening, and must happen... didn't happen.
There is no indication that the re-emergence of terrorism as a major issue has helped President Bush's popularity. His job approval remains exactly at 36 percent, where it was a month ago. Even the president's rating for handling terrorism – his strongest suit – remains unchanged at 51 percent.
The recent terrorism threat has also had little effect on views of the two parties. Republicans are seen as being better than Democrats at addressing terrorism by a 42 percent to 34 percent, about the same as a month ago.
Democrats, meanwhile, have a slight advantage on making the right decisions about the war in Iraq.
Overall, Americans have a more negative view of how the war on terrorism is going.
How can that be? Isn't Ihe White House always affective when they cry "terror"? Don't Democrats always roll over, belly-up? Not this time. Maybe it's clear that the Brits do a better job than us, that John Kerry was right when he said this would take police-style approaches and not just F-16s, and that Americans realize when the WH politicizes terror. Certainly people understand the threat, they just don't give Bush extra points for other people's work, especially during one of his Crawford vacations. And just maybe, they're wising up.
Just 35 percent say the U.S. and its allies are winning the war on terrorism – the lowest number since January 2003 and down eight points since June. One in five think the terrorists are winning, the highest number in nearly four years.
Forty-one percent of Americans think the Bush administration has focused too much on the war in Iraq and not enough on terrorism; 48 percent think the balance has been about right.
A growing number of Americans, 48 percent, think the war in Iraq has increased the threat of terrorism against the U.S. - the highest number since May 2003.
Only 9 percent now think the war in Iraq has decreased the threat of terrorism.
And that's what's going to preserve Cogress for the GOP in November? I don't think so.