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Friday, April 16, 2004  

Amid one PR catastrophe after another, Bush has been spending money like crazy just to stay even (at best) with Kerry in the polls.

With the polls showing the president even or slightly behind John Kerry, it means that the Bush campaign's huge financial advantage has now all but disappeared.

The predicament gets worse when you look at where the Bush campaign started financially and where things stand today: The president raised a record $180 million, and half of that was budgeted for campaign operations, the other half for pre-convention advertising. But of the advertising budget, $90 million, the Bush campaign has already spent at least $40 million.

By comparison, John Kerry has spent about $10 million.

I have a hunch that the new Woodward book ain't gonna help Bush's pocketbook:

President Bush secretly ordered a war plan drawn up against Iraq less than two months after U.S. forces attacked Afghanistan and was so worried the decision would cause a furor he did not tell everyone on his national security team, says a new book on his Iraq policy.

Bush feared that if news got out about the Iraq plan as U.S. forces were fighting another conflict, people would think he was too eager for war, journalist Bob Woodward writes in "Plan of Attack," a behind-the-scenes account of the 16 months leading to the Iraq invasion.

Woodward brought down one corrupt GOP president; it looks like he's going for two. You think it's possible Bush at War, his earlier hagiography of Bush, was merely a set-up for this new one? A pre-emptive strike to innoculate himself against the attacks he knew would be forthcoming when he made these accusations against the President? Naaah, me either, but I couldn't resist suggesting it.

Of course, Woodward will roll out the book's central findings this sunday on 60 Minutes. At this point, what else would you expect?

posted by Jeff | 12:48 PM |
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