They haven't. Chief Justice Rehnquist's illness has put an exclamation point behind what we already knew: octogenarians do not live forever. The "Rivers of Blood" guy is probably a punk talking trash, more at home in an Emminem vid than in the caves of Pakistan or Afghanistan. Bin Laden looked pathetic, and it might be worth mounting a major offensive just to get rid of that loathsome person once and for all. It won't affect the war on terror, though.
If anything, the vids help the President. Most American voters do not want to be seen as part of a giant, European wuss, scurrying behind the counter when we the terrorist talk or act trash. Kerry's plan to combat terror, if such it can be called, is singularly unimaginative and ineffective. "Hunt 'em down and kill 'em" is yesterday's solution to last week's problems, and the American people know this.
The Daschle boyz counter that the poll sucks – showing even Larry Diedrich to be leading a comely Stephanie Herseth in the State's House race – and busing the lawyers and lobbyists into town is standard procedure.
Reuter's thinks it's too close to call.