President can't control news from IraqANALYSISBy Howard FinemanMSNBC contributorUpdated: 4:50 p.m. ET Oct. 7, 2004ST. LOUIS - George Bush's real polit
October 7, 2004
President can't control news from Iraq
ANALYSIS
By Howard Fineman
MSNBC contributor
Updated: 4:50 p.m. ET Oct. 7, 2004
ST. LOUIS - George Bush's real political enemy now isn't so much John Kerry as it is the flow of the news. Not long ago, Kerry's decision to attack the president as commander-in-chief (remember all those Swift Boat vets in Boston?) was dismissed by analysts (including me) as naïve at best, folly at worst. Well, it may turn out to have been the move that wins this race.Presidential campaigns take on a life and shape of their own in the last stretch and this one now has. It's the president desperately trying to tear down Kerry as the news tears down the president. Good things are happening in the war on terrorism — the voting in Afghanistan, for example — but they are all but unnoticed in the rising flood of stories from and about Iraq...read on

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