National Review Online's Byron York spots something in that CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll that shows Kerry beating Bush, 52%-44%:
...Gallup found that the public seems to believe Kerry and the Democratic party have, at least so far, conducted a dirtier campaign than Bush and the Republican party.
Gallup asked, "Would you say that George W. Bush and the Republican party have — or have not — attacked John Kerry unfairly?" Twenty-one percent said yes, Bush and the GOP have attacked Kerry unfairly, while 67 percent said no, they have not. Twelve percent had no opinion.
Then Gallup asked, "Would you say that John Kerry and the Democratic party have — or have not — attacked George W. Bush unfairly?" Thirty-five percent said yes, Kerry and the Democrats have attacked Bush unfairly, while 57 percent said no, they have not. Eight percent had no opinion....
I realize I should be horrified at this, but I'm actually rather amused. It makes me wonder whether Bush -- who's so determined not to replicate his father's 1992 campaign -- is actually replicating the 1988 campaign ... with himself in the Dukakis role.