I do not doubt the Clinton Operatives were working to torpedo the Kerry Campaign, but I think current wisdom has it backwards. It was precisely because Kerry tried to attack Bush on his strength (Iraq, National Security) that made it a close race. Kerry, perhaps wisely, perhaps unwisely, made every effort to make his Vietnam service (not his senatorial) the centerpiece of his campaign (e.g. John Kerry, Reporting for Duty.) Also the constant message of cleaning up the supposed mess, the failure, the mismanagement of the wrong war at the wrong time. He had a plan. So, despite the efforts to get John off the National Security Soap Box, they stayed on message, and the polls from Labor Day on showed tightening and inconsistency to the end of the campaign.
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